PASO ROBLES — On Tuesday night the Bearcats hosted the Greyhounds for a PAC 8 league matchup in the Gil Asa gym at Paso Robles High School. The Bearcat student section was packed, the students were riled up and the atmosphere was lively as the teams began to play.
The Bearcats improved from the last time they faced the Greyhounds when they were swept in straight sets, but still were not able to overcome the power that was on display from the Greyhound hitters. Paso got off to a terrible start in the first game, losing the first eight points and forcing head coach Samantha Woolf to call an early timeout. The Bearcats were never able to climb back into the first game and ended up losing 11-25. The first game was their worst of the night and they came out in the second and third games much more focused and ready to play. In fact, the Bearcats led in both of their next two games against the Hounds but were only able to win one of them.
As the Bearcats began to warm up, so did their libero Kristina Canales who played exceptionally. Time after time Canales would dive across the hardwood to dig a hard shot from an Atascadero outside hitter and jump back to her feet in case she might be needed again. Phoebe Corgiat began finding her rhythm in the second set as she split the Atascadero blockers and powered multiple shots into the corners.
Kylie Folks also played well for the Bearcats recording several aces when called upon, but the number two team in league was too much for the Bearcats. Paso dropped the second set 16-25, but showed great resilience, winning the third set 25-17 and opened the game on fire jumping out to a 7-1 lead. When the Bearcat lead was cut to only one point at 11-10, Becca Stroud headed back to the service line and helped Paso reel off five straight points. The Greyhounds stormed back and tied the game up at 15 apiece until Kimberly Buchanan stuffed one of the Greyhound shots with a fantastic block that sent the student section into a frenzy. Folks aced her next serve and ended the game, serving five consecutive winning points.
The Bearcats fought hard in the fourth set, but ultimately lost 25-15 to their bitter rivals. The loss drops the Bearcats to 5-7 in league this season and they currently sit in fifth place in the PAC 8. Come out and support the senior Bearcats on Tuesday night when they host Righetti for their final home game of the season.