Participating in back-to-back Saturday tournaments in Chico and Sutter respectively, while also playing two regular preseason matches last week, was a tall order for the Pierce Bears, yet a hard fought 25-27, 25-16, 25-19, 24-26,15-12 victory over Sutter was a definite high point.
Hosting the Huskies on August 24, the Bears got a monster performance from junior Jocelyn Medina, as she hammered home 19 kills for which Sutter could find no answer.
Medina, who plays all around for Pierce, also contributed 23 digs, 21 service receptions, and six aces.
Macey Myers, the Bears freshman libero had a team high 24 digs and 35 service receptions, while senior Caidynce Lopez scooped up 10 digs, in addition to filling in admirably as setter, where she handed out 20 assists.
Also making noteworthy impacts were sophomore Laura Rivera, who accounted for 14 assists, along with junior Cindy Corona, who came through with a huge block to punctuate the final point.
In all, it was the most significant win for the Bears thus far, as they continue to develop as a team.
Win or lose, however, Coach Lisa Burnum is impressed with her teams enthusiasm and love of the game as she explained, ” They love volleyball and it shows. They are persistent, believe in themselves and find joy in competing, although they also definitely have the will to win.
However the rest of the week paled in comparison to the emotional victory, as the Bears were swept on the road by Woodland Christian last Thursday, then, with not much left in the tank, went 1-4 at Sutters Battle in the Buttes Tournament.
Pierce (3-9) had a road match on Tuesday against Woodland High School, then hosts Davis tonight in the final preseason tune-up, before Sacramento Valley League play begins on September 7. –