Liveblog: Vikings volleyball takes on St. Ignatius on Senior Night
Published October 23, 2013
On its Senior Night, the Palo Alto High School girls volleyball team will host the St. Ignatius Wildcats tonight at 6:45 p.m. Senior Night festivities held to honor seniors Sarah Limb, Keri Gee, Lauren Kerr and Becca Raffel will be held just prior to the opening serve.
The Vikings cruise the rest of the way taking the set by a score of 25-14 on a mishit by the Wildcats. Paly move to 16-5 overall and their league record remains the same at 5-2.
A block at the net by Kerr puts the Vikings in the drivers seat with a 20-12 lead.
After a long back and forth rally, Kerr places a kill behind the Wildcat defense extending the Paly lead 18-7.
A kill by Raffel extends the Viking lead to a score of 14-6. Freshman setter Jessica Lee continues to feed Raffel as Saint Ignatius has no answer for her.
A mishit by the Wildcats puts the Vikings up 10-4.
The fourth set of the match begins with a Wildcat kill from senior Celeste Barker. The Vikings return with three points of their own putting themselves up 3-1.
Saint Ignatius takes the third set of the match 25-21. The Vikings trailed for the majority of the set and couldn’t overcome the deficit late in the match.
A block by Raffel keeps the hope alive for the Vikings, now down 23-17.
Hartwell in again to serve for the Vikings as they trail 20-14.
A Raffel hit misses the back line as the Vikings trail 15-9.
Hartwell comes back on to serve, but a Wildcat hit bounces off of Kerr to extend their lead 13-7.
Paly pulls itself within three as a Wildcat hit barely misses the line out of bounds. The Vikings trail 9-6.
For the second set in-a-row the Wildcats take an early lead. This time the Vikings trail 6-2.
A Palo Alto block sails out of bounds as the Wilcats take the first point for the first time in the match (3 sets).
Junior Courtney Hartwell comes in to serve and places it between two Saint Ignatius defenders. Paly takes the set 25-23 and leads the match two games to zero. Late mistakes cost the Wildcats big in a set where they led by six.
A block from senior Lauren Kerr gives Paly a one point advantage in crunch time. Paly leads 23-22 as teams enter a timeout.
Senior leadership takes control as Paly jumps out to a 21-19 lead. Raffel contributes with a kill and then a serve that was mishandled by the opposing defender.
The sloppy play returns to the Saint Ignatius side as two mishits tie the game at 17-17.
Raffel with yet another kill brings the Vikings back within striking distance as they trail 16-12.
Saint Ignatius freshman Anne Crouch places a kill on the line giving her Wildcats a 14-6 lead.
Saint Ignatius takes a 10-6 lead with a missed hit by Paly. Paly is paying for mistakes after a relatively clean first set.
Saint Ignatius knots the score at five apiece with a block at the net.
Raffel with another kill as the Vikings ride the momentum from a first set landslide victory.
Junior Abby Strong gets herself a kill as the Vikings take the set with ease 25-9. Multiple errors on routine plays were too much to overcome for the Wildcats.
Saint Ignatius errors begin to pile up with three out of bounds attempts in a row. Paly lead widens 23-8.
Raffel pounds a kill into the Saint Ignatius defense putting her team up big 19-6.
Senior Becca Raffel puts a kill attempt into the net making the score 13-4 in favor of Palo Alto.
Saint Ignatius’ struggles continue as another mishit into the net extends Paly’s lead further by a score of 9-1.
Paly takes the first point of the night off of a missed hit by Saint Ignatius. Paly quickly extends their lead to 5-0 on a kill by Junior Jade Schoenberger.
The Vikings huddle up and take the floor for lineup introductions. It is expected that all Paly seniors will see playing time tonight.
Both teams take the floor again to resume warm-ups before the opening serve. The game is set to begin shortly.
Paly honors its four seniors making their last home start this regular season.
The Palo Alto High School Vikings (15-5, 5-2) take the court alongside the Saint Ignatious Wildcats (15-9, 1-3) in what will be the last regular season home game in the Palo Alto gymnasium.
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