By Zack Farmer
The Bay School girls volleyball team wasted little time punching its ticket to the Bay Counties League Central championship game on Thursday at Letterman Gym.
The Breakers swept Waldorf 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 in the BCL Central semifinals and will get a chance to reclaim the league tournament championship, which it missed out on a year ago.
They will meet Drew in the championship game on Saturday at Pescadero High School.
“I think it’s going to build momentum for Saturday,” Bay head coach James Scrivano said of the win. “I think we came into this match confident, but motivated to get the work done, and I think we proved to ourselves that we can earn the majority of the points instead of waiting for our opponents to make mistakes.“
In the first game, Bay (16-7) took full advantage of a slew of mistakes from Waldorf (9-9) and, with the score tied at 4-4, rolled off a 10-0 run that the Wolverines could not recover from. The game was highlighted by six kills and an ace from Bay junior Fiona Twiford.
“I feel we need to focus on finishing,” Twiford said. “That’s something we’ve had trouble [with] this season and we just wanted to use this game [to get ready] for the final, and just work on our team play and be able to put a team away.”
In the second and third games, the Breakers had plenty of opportunities to pull away, but Waldorf did not make it easy.
Neither team could get separation in the third game and no team held more than a three-point lead before the score was tied at 14-14, but then Bay made its final push. The Breakers tore off three straight points, forcing Waldorf to call a timeout.
After the timeout, Waldorf cut the lead to 19-17 but it was Twiford again who shut the door. A kill from Twiford gave Bay a 22-17 lead and shifted all the momentum to the Breakers for good. The junior finished with nine kills and two aces.
“Fiona is a tough, scrappy player,” Scrivano said. “She wasn’t actually feeling well today and I was really impressed with her mental toughness. She knew she was going to have to be productive for us to win and she was very productive.”