In a matchup between two of the top volleyball teams in the Founders League, Loomis Chaffee hosted Choate and defeated the Wild Boars 3-1 in front of a large crowd.
Loomis took a 6-2 lead in the first set behind strong serving from junior Kori Meissner, but Choate went on a service run of its own and took a 16-11 lead after capitalizing on a few Loomis mental errors.
Loomis chipped away at the lead, but another service run from Choate was too much for the Pelicans to handle. They dropped the first set 25-18. It was just the second set the Pelicans have lost so far this year and the first time the Pelicans trailed in a match this season.
Strong leadership from the upperclassmen on the team helped the Pelicans regroup, and the team built a 10-1 lead in the second set thanks to strong serving, good defense, and deliberate offense led by senior Masha Sidorova. Loomis took the second set 25-12.
The third set was pivotal, and both teams battled hard to try and take a 2-1 advantage in sets. With the score tied at six, Choate built the first lead of the set, going up 10-7, but three key plays turned the tide for the Pelicans. A kill from senior Willa Hock, a block from senior Emily Collins, and an ace from senior Lexie Hydrick tied the set at 10, and Loomis gained momentum. The Pelicans surged ahead with a great serving run by junior Kaitlin Flynn, taking the third set 25-15.
Motivated by the loud crowd and the momentum swing, the Pelicans jumped out a 9-1 lead to start off the fourth set and never looked back. They went on to win the fourth and deciding set 25-15.
The players and coaches would like to thank the Loomis Chaffee community for the great support at their recent home games. “The fans have been incredible, and even our opposing coaches have said so. We are looking for the same support in our big match against Exeter this weekend,” said head coach Jeff Dyreson.
The Pelicans host perennial power Phillips Exeter in a rematch of the 2018 New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class A championship, which the Pelicans won 3-0. The game takes place Saturday, October 9, at 2 p.m. in the Olcott Center.