By Josh Levine
Bay School held on to its second-place spot in the Bay Counties League Central standings with a 25-23, 25-13, 25-15 win over Leadership on Wednesday at School of the Arts to keep the Breakers one match behind first-place International.
The Breakers (8-6, 6-1) had 36 kills and 16 aces in the three games, including nine kills from Fiona Twiford and seven from Julia Yost. Cat McIlwrath led Bay with four aces and teammates Madison Tiansay, Bayley McMillan, and Twiford all had three aces apiece.
“It couldn’t have gone better out there today,” said Tiansay, a Bay co-captain. “We had some very strong kills out there. Our bench had great energy and it was definitely the most energetic it has been this year.”
The Griffins (4-10, 2-5) never held the a lead until the beginning of the third game, but were never down by more than six points in the first.
“The first game was definitely a big positive for us,” said Leadership head coach Nicholas Woo. “We had great communication and serves, and we really had a good time out there. In the other games we weren’t as engaged and our communication was down.”
With the loss, the Griffins are now two spots behind Waldorf for the fourth and final playoff spot in the BCL Central. They still have five remaining league games, including a match with Waldorf on Oct. 19.
“We really did well out there today as a team and we communicated a lot more,” said Leadership sophomore outside hitter Briana Silvestre. “We did our best out there even when we were down. We just need to learn from our mistakes and continue to not give up.”
The Breakers also have five remaining league games, including a matchup on Oct. 19 with the first-place International squad. The Breakers have won the BCL Central in three consecutive years.
“We really had a streaky match today,” said Bay head coach James Scrivano. “In the first game, we had low energy and seemed complacent. We were too high and too low instead of being in the middle. And our communication issues have been them them all season. We need to change that. Leadership really has improved and they forced us to not make any mistakes if we wanted to beat them.”