PASO ROBLES — Twenty minutes before the start of the varsity volleyball game on Tuesday, loud cheering, laughing, and all of the sounds that are consistent of just pure joy rang out from the side of the Gil Asa gym at Paso Robles High School. It was the varsity Bearcat team going through their pregame hype routine — there was nothing but ponytails, kneepads and a collection of the big ear-to-ear smiles. There was no disrespect in their jubilance, just pure glee for the fact that they were about to play the game they love.
The Bearcats welcomed the Nipomo Titans to their gym Tuesday for the fourth game of the young season. Paso won the game handily, but made more mistakes than their coach would have liked. The Bearcats won the first set relatively easily and it looked as if it was going to be an early night for all involved. The Bearcats won the first set (25-18), but it really didn’t feel that close. The student section began to fill up about half way through the the first set, and each kill was met by applause and cheers from the section of their peers.
The Bearcats dropped the second (15-25) losing by ten points, many of which came on service errors and mental mistakes. After dropping the second set it was clear that the Lady Bearcats weren’t interested in making this a close match. As the third set started, the whole team seemed completely in sync, jumping out to an (11-4), and then extended the lead up to as many as nine points, going up (15-6). Then, as they did in the first set, the girls started missing serves they normally would hit in, and seemed to try to cruise to an easy victory, hoping that Nipomo would fold.
The Bearcats and Titans went back and forth for much of the night like they did in the third set. Nipomo started to come back, bringing the score to (19-14), then the Bearcats refocused and pushed the score to (23-16), only to let Nipomo make it close again, but ultimately won the set (25-20). The Bearcats won their third and final set (25-22), winning the match handily in four sets.
Head Coach Samantha Woolf stated that she, “Would really like to see them play more consistent and serve tougher with less serving errors,” in her email after the game.
Offensively, the Bearcats depth at outside hitter showed. Sophomore Phoebe Corgiat led the team with 13 kills, several of which brought the student section to their feet due to the pure power that was on display. Senior Maddie Warren also played a strong game adding eight kills of her own.
Camryn Curren continued her defensive excellence from last week, registering 51 digs on Tuesday night. Madison Anderson also was strong defensively, recording 21 digs of her own.
The Lady Bearcats will play again at home on Sept. 19 when they host Arroyo Grande for their league home opener.
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