By Murray Gleffe
SUAMICO—Thanks to quick starts in each of the three sets, the Bay Port volleyball team defeated Green Bay Preble (25-17, 25-16, 25-19) at Bay Port High School Sept. 12.
“We are doing a great job in practice to prepare the girls for these moments out on the court,” said Thiago Barbosa, Bay Port head coach. “The girls need to relax and bring energy night in and night out.”
The Pirates jumped out to a 6-1 lead thanks to the setting of Raegan McIntyre and the kills of Alyssa Koska.
Green Bay Preble showed its fortitude by battling back and cut the margin to 15-14 after Emma Smith connected on an ace.
Bay Port then showed why its one of the preseason favorites to win the Fox River Classic Conference by winning 10 of the final 13 points to capture the opening set.
“We all have a great passion for this sport,” Koska said. “We work hard on every single point to build to victory.”
The Pirates established leads of 5-2, 11-4 and 16-8 in set number two behind the serving of Brooke Clement and blocking of Kealey Bleser.
Bay Port closed the middle set by nine points after Koska connected on a quick-flick that hit the open floor.
With two sets in hand, the Pirates weren’t about to let the Hornets back in the match.
However, Preble had other plans when it grabbed its first lead in any of the sets at 6-5.
“We put ourselves in these situations every day of practice to where we want to get off to great starts,” said Brian Van Den Plas, Preble head coach. “Unfortunately, a good team in Bay Port jumped on us early and we were fighting from behind most of the night. I’m proud of the resilience in the last set.”
Bay Port quickly settled down and regained the lead midway through the third set 15-10 after McIntyre ripped a service ace down the sideline.
The Pirates improved to 4-0 (1-0 FRCC) on the season while the Hornets fell to 5-4 (0-1 FRCC).
“We have some great senior athletes that stepped up in this match,” added Barbosa. “We have to keep getting better and not give up the big runs in the middle part of sets in key situations.”