A determined Boron Bobcats volleyball team came to Lone Pine Thursday afternoon, out for Eagle blood. It didn’t happen.
The Eagles and Bobcats traded games through nearly two hours of gruelling play, but Lone Pine polished off the tie-breaker, 15-13 and remains undefeated in the top spot in Desert Mountain League play.
“We usually go five games against Boron,” said coach Mel Joseph. “They have a good program and great defensive instincts.
“Boron was scrappy and did not let too many balls hit the floor. They were aggressive from the service line.”
The Eagles pulled ahead early in Game 1 (25-17) and looked to be on their way to a 3-0 romp. But the Bobcats came out for Game 2 with their claws out. The Eagles tied the game at 16-16, but couldn’t hold on and lost 17-25.
“Boron really attacked at every level,” said Joseph. “At times we allowed our skills to be overtaken and lost our intensity. But in the end the girls stuck together and created opportunities that kept them in the match.”
Lone Pine started Game 3 with Joseph’s “fire up” pep talk ringing in their ears. Boron took the first three points before the Eagles got back on their game. The game ended (25-10) with eight unanswered Eagle points on Eryn Sellberg’s serve.
Game 4 had the intensity of a death match. Boron took an early lead, Lone Pine battled back to a 19-19 tie. Both teams executed long volleys and near-impossible returns. Any holes that had shown up in the first games were snapped shut. Boron tied the match 2-2 with a 24-26 win.
By Game 5, the bleachers had filled with Lone Pine supporters.
The point advantage bounced from Boron to Lone Pine to a 9-10 Boron lead. Joseph called a time-out and told his team to “not play panic ball.” The Eagles tied at 10-10, took the lead at 12-11 and never looked back, winning the tie-breaker 15-13.
“The Lady Eagles proved why they are where they are this season.” said Jospeh. “They kept their composure when it counted. Every player contributed to this great win.”
The Eagles face the 4-2 Desert Christian Knights in Lancaster Tuesday. “This is the only league team we haven’t faced this season,” said Joseph. “This game will be a real test. When you’re 7-0, every team thinks they’ll make their season by beating you.”