BETHESDA – The Richard Montgomery varsity girls’ volleyball team came with a 3-1 victory over visiting the Barons on Monday night, improving the Rockets’ record to 4-1 for the season.
The first set featured multiple ties and lead changes. A six-point scoring run went unanswered by the Barons and Richard Montgomery won the first series with a score of 25-15.
The Barons roared backed for the second set, with junior setter Eliza Braverman and freshman middle Elizabeth Sharkey playing tremendous defense, consistently denying the Rockets right at the net. The second series went to B-CC, 25-11, tying the game.
“We had the one set that we dropped but we came through it,” said Rockets coach Gretchen Barber-Strunk. “I was hoping we’d get it done in three.”
Richard Montgomery pulled away early in the third set, led by a couple of emphatic kills by sophomore libero Brooke Richman.
The Barons couldn’t recover and the Rockets took the third by a score of 13-25.
“Once we took control and got the momentum, it was our game,” said Richman. “We get those kills and we come together as a team, that’s the best feeling.”
The Rockets sensed their imminent victory as the fourth and final set began. Senior Abby Hernandez dominated the outside, earning back to back kills and running through the B-CC defense in the first few minutes of the fourth.
B-CC fought back but fatigue had set in and they were unable to close the scoring gap. The last set ended with a score of 25-18.
“It’s early in the season,” said Barons coach Sam Pang. “We came from the [Wootton invitational] tournament on Saturday and went right into Monday. It’s a little tough without that period in between to reset. Our players played well but that fatigue got to them.”
Next up for B-CC is a match at Blair on Thursday, while Richard Montgomery is set to host Northwood.