The first set was back-and-forth for most of the points, with the Wyverns taking a while to settle into the set. Naomi Wong ‘22 helped the team get started on offense with solid hitting and followed up her attacks with great court coverage on defense. Kata Mesterhazy ‘23 had an early block in the middle that got the team going on defense. After KO fell behind in the middle of the set, effective pressure serving from Jill Plaut ‘23 and Ava Cashman ‘24 ensured a KO comeback, and Lindsay Bailey ‘22 was ready to rack up the points in the middle at the net, alternating between hitting and tipping to the sides. The show stopping moment of the set was when Allie Arcaro ‘24 made a diving, one-handed pass to save the set. Her unbelievable effort allowed the Wyverns to claw back and take the set in extra points! In the second set, KO continued to deal with varied and adaptive hitting from the opponent, but the team held strong and pushed through another close set. Wong and Bailey were powerful offensive forces at the net, which kept the pressure on Berkshire to come up with strong plays to stay in the points. Co-captain Keira Sullivan ‘23 found her stride on the outside to secure several kills for KO, many of which she initiated with controlled passing on serve receive. In the third set, the team’s momentum continued. Sullivan gave the Wyverns a healthy lead with effective serving, and on defense Jillian Alexander ‘24 energized the rest of the team with her drive to produce clean passes out of the most difficult situations. Avi Lohr ‘24 ramped up the team’s offense with strong hitting from the right side that earned her a spectacular kill and other tide-turning moments in key points. Cashman followed suit on the outside with ungettable cross-court hits for several kills of her own. In the end the team converted points at the crucial moments of the match, delivering on the mental fortitude that they’ve spent so much of the season building.
We look forward to our match at home against Cheshire on 11/8!
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.