Brook Hill (JV) def. Bishop Gorman 25-19, 25-18
Brook Hill Lady Guard junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams returned to the court last week, taking on the Tyler Bishop T.K. Gorman Lady Crusaders in district play Thursday, Sept. 28, inside Brook Hill’s Herrington Stadium.
In the first set of play, the Lady Guard and Lady Crusaders fought back-and-forth to control the contest’s momentum and flow. After both teams went on offensive runs, it was the Lady Guard who was able to use their strong offensive play to claim the first set victory over the Lady Crusaders, 25-19.
The Lady Guard’s powerful offensive production continued into the second set of the contest, attacking the weaknesses in the Lady Crusaders’ defensive play, as the Brook Hill junior varsity squad claimed victory over Bishop Gorman in two sets, 25-19, 25-18.
Freshman setter Emily Livesay’s performance on both sides of the ball was a strong force in the Lady Guard’s victory over the Lady Crusaders, contributing a total of seven assists, seven digs, and six kills.
Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Bishop Gorman included freshman outside hitter Mary Roberts, with eight assists, five kills, three aces, and two digs; freshman libero Mattison O’Neal, with three digs; freshman outside hitter Hallie Foster, with two kills and two digs; freshman middle blocker Lexi Turner, with two kills and two blocks; junior middle blocker Ke’Airra Christopher, with two kills, two aces, and one block; sophomore defensive specialist Kali Burrow, with two digs; and sophomore defensive specialist Natalie Travis, with two digs.
Brook Hill (V) def. Bishop Gorman 25-17, 25-16, 25-20
In the second matchup of the night, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team took to the hardwood to battle against their counterparts from Bishop T.K. Gorman.
The Lady Guard marched ahead of the Lady Crusaders early in the contest’s first set thanks to a strong offensive performance, as the home team Brook Hill attacked the holes in the Bishop Gorman defense en route to taking the first set win, 25-17.
In the second set, Brook Hill continued to find success offensively, battling their way through the set with a powerful scoring run and overpowering the Bishop Gorman defensive unit, allowing the Lady Guard to secure their second set of the night, 25-16.
Looking to sweep the competition in three short sets, the Lady Guard faced a tough fight from the Lady Crusaders in the game’s third set, as Bishop Gorman attempted to mount a comeback and force the contest into extras. However, the home team Brook Hill’s defense withstood the attack of Bishop Gorman, as the Lady Guard claimed the district victory in a three-set sweep, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20.
The offensive attack of the Lady Guard was led by sophomore middle blocker Katherine Mondrick with 10 kills, as well as six digs and three blocks, defensively.
Other significant contributors for the Lady Guard against the Lady Crusaders included senior outside hitter/right side hitter Bailea Mapes, with 11 digs; four aces, and two blocks; senior setter/right side hitter Maddie Anthony, with 14 assists, nine digs; seven kills, and one block; Livesay, with nine assists, four digs; and one ace; junior middle blocker Morgan Carpenter, with six kills, two digs, and one block; Roberts, with four digs and one ace; senior setter/right side hitter Zoe Hayes, with four digs and one kill; junior outside hitter Madeline Reed, with three kills, two digs, and one block; and junior libero Kaitlyn Juarez, with one dig.
With the victory over the Bishop T.K. Gorman Lady Crusaders, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team currently sits with an overall record of 6-13-1, 1-1 in district play.
Next week: Thursday, Oct. 5 – Tyler All Saints at Brook Hill; Saturday, Oct. 7 – Cayuga at Brook Hill.