The girls volleyball team took on Class A foe Miss Porter’s on Saturday, September 28, in Farmington, Conn., and came away with a 3-1 win.
The first set was a tight battle between the squads with several lead changes and even more entertaining rallies. The Pelicans broke through, though, and took a 15-8 lead behind strong serving by freshman Kori Messiner, but Porter’s then recorded three straight kills and capitalized on some Loomis errors to narrow the lead to 15-14. The Pelicans battled hard to tie the score at 21 apiece, but big kills from sophomore Emily Collins and senior Kenedi Clinton helped the Pelicans secure a 25-22 win in the set.
Loomis used the momentum to jump on Porter’s quickly in the second set and never looked back, taking a 2-0 match lead thanks to the 25-13 set win.
Unfortunately, the momentum from the second set did not carry over into the third, as Porter’s jumped out to an early lead. Despite some promising points for the Pelicans, Porter’s took the third set 25-21.
Motivated to finish the match in the fourth set, the Pelicans went on a five-point early run to take a lead and expanded on it with strong serving from junior Loren Jones, giving Loomis a 15-9 lead halfway through the set. Loomis hunkered down on defense and had some strong transition points, eventually taking the fourth set 25-16 and winning the match.
Up next, the Pelicans host Choate in the Olcott Center on Wednesday, October 2, at 3:30 p.m.