After our dominating Old Colony win, we, the UA Bears, swept Holbrook on Wednesday night in the South sectional semifinals. Although we had some serving trouble, we were able to pull it together and take it to them. Holbrook did not know how to handle our offense. I was really proud of the team. Everyone made great contributions whether it was perfectly passing a free ball to our setter or cheering loudly from the bench.
Our win against Holbrook advanced us to the South sectional finals, which was this past Saturday. We entered the Wareham Gymnasium extremely confident. Personally, the gym has a really homey feeling for me. I have greatest memories there with the win of three other South sectional championships, so it was great to be back!
After a shaky start, senior co-captain Meredith Dewey gave us a confidence boost while standing on the service line for 18 points. It was incredible! In that game, I never even rotated to the front row! Our hitting was outstanding. Kelsi Clement's hitting has all of a sudden clicked in the tournament. She was listed in one of the newspapers as "Kelsi 'The Elevator' Clement"; she seemed to jump over the net pounding balls at the Westport team. Sara Wojda set the ball perfectly to me and Grace Handy on the outside. Once again everyone was able to contribute to the match with all of our 14 players getting court time.
That win pushed us forward to the state semifinal match!!! Although the UA Bears have never been able to overcome this semifinal game, I truly hope this is the year. As a senior, it would be a dream come true. We play North Reading. We have practiced hard and know that the game will be much more competitive than our past few tournament matches.
Wish us luck and cheer us on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Walpole High School.