Porter's Falls to Choate in Thrilling Season Opener
Porter's Varsity Volleyball played a hard-fought match against Choate Rosemary Hall to open the season. Despite playing a strong game, the team fell short, losing the match 2-3. Porter's opened by handily winning the first game 25-18. Choate took the early lead in the second game, but Porter's fought back and forced Choate to play an extra point. Porter's lost the second set 26-24. Porter's again dominated in the third set with a score of 25-15, but then again lost the fourth 20-25. The fifth set was a thrilling rollercoaster, but Choate prevailed 15-13 to win the match.
Leading Porter's offense were seniors, Ellen White, and Sofia Barth. White '19 provided the team with eighteen kills and four aces while Barth '19 contributed eleven kills and eight aces. Callie Godfrey '20 was solid in the right hitter position and had 5 kills. Setter, Astrid Lipkins '21 was key in the success of the offensive, giving the hitters many scoring possibilities. Playing middle was Lucy Taglich '19 and Violet Cue '21 who each contributed with successful blocks and hits. Playing libero, Tiara Do '19, received many hard-hit balls and lead the team in digs. Victoria Lima '19 came in as defensive specialist in the final set and Julia Dowd '20 was also brought in for her powerful serve. On the bench, Charlotte Whalen '20, D'vine Straughter '21, and Georgina Eber '21 brought the energy with their cheering and encouragement.
Despite the loss, it was a great first match against a tough opponent. This is sure to be an exciting and successful season!