by Roger Wistar
The varsity volleyball team notched their second win of the season in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Ethel Walker on Sep. 30.
With a combination of effective serving and powerful net play, the Bearcats raced to a 25-8, 25-8, 25-18 victory.
Key to the team's victory was the strong play up front of hitters Blair Sullivan '18 and Harper Pertchik '20, who led the team with nine kills and six kills, respectively. As a whole the team recorded 20 kills against only 15 hitting errors.
Key to the team's success at the net was the strong setting play of Eleanor Kingston '19 and Maggie Ottenbreit '20, consistently delivering passes where the hitters needed them to be.
Serving also proved to be a strong point for Hotchkiss, as the team recorded 17 aces while committing only 10 service errors. Libero Ginny Barnes '19 led the way with seven aces.
The match allowed the Bearcats to showcase their depth, with 12 different players logging at least 15 points of play, led by Sullivan and Barnes.
The first set would see Hotchkiss race out to margins of 7-0, 16-3, and 20-6 before closing out the set at 25-8. Both Barnes and Isabel Wheeler enjoyed extended runs as server during the set.
The second set would see more of the same, with serving by Wheeler and June Perteet '18 pacing the team out to an early 8-1 margin. The teams traded points more in this set, but Hotchkiss was still able to jump out to a 17-5 lead and close out the set at 25-8.
In the third set, even with some of the starters from the first two sets out of the rotation, the Bearcats were able to gut out the victory. Ethel Walker would take their only leads of the match at 3-2 and 4-3, but strong play by Nia Warren '19 and Sarah Du '18 helped the Bearcats reclaim the lead and push it out to 7-4.
Although Ethel Walker was able to pull close at both 16-13 and 21-18, timely hitting by Warren and Sullivan, combined with strong serving by Ottenbreit, helped the team finish the sweep.