Despite strong play, Hurricanes fall to Tigers
The Block Island Hurricanes girls volleyball team played a tough match in front of their home crowd on Saturday, ultimately losing to the Tolman High School Tigers three games to one.
The Hurricanes got off to a slow start, losing the first game 25 to 16 in pretty short order. The second game started to get away from the island girls as well, as they fell behind 8 to 3 early, prompting Coach Rob Martin to call a timeout.
But with strong words of encouragement from Coach Ben Foster and shouts and cheers from the home crowd, the ‘Canes came roaring back in game two. Campbell Coviello nailed four serves in a row to start the rally, and Amira Wilson’s spike past the Tolman defender tied the game up at 17. Wilson had several heavy-handed spikes in game two, with one ball careening off a defender and being lost under the bleachers, bringing the score to 22 all. A spike by Haley Conant tied
the game again at 24.
The two teams continued to trade points, with neither squad able to pull ahead by the requisite two points to end the game. At 26 all, Tolman’s coach called timeout and laid into his team to try to rally them to victory, but the Hurricanes prevailed behind two straight points off Wilson’s serve, the crowd on its feet in excitement at the 30 to 28 victory.
Game three featured extended runs by each team, with Tolman jumping out to a seven to one lead in the early going. The Tigers saw the lead evaporate, though, as Rory Crawford’s excellent serving brought the Hurricanes back to within one.
Wilson also served well, with three aces in a row that tied the game at 11. Tolman called a timeout, but Wilson aced them one more time before the Tigers got rolling and built a 22 to 15 lead.
Chloe Weber answered with some strong serving of her own, however, serving five points for the Hurricanes, including three aces. The Hurricanes tied the game at 22, before running out of steam and falling 25 to 23 in game three.
In game four, the Hurricanes fell behind early once again, dropping the first five points. The home team failed to close the gap for most of the game, until Cally Weber served four points in a row to bring the Hurricanes to within one point, 22 to 21. They were the last points scored by the Hurricanes, however, as the Tolman Tigers closed out the game 25 to 21.
The Hurricanes’ next opponent is Central Falls High School, Saturday, October 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Block Island School gym.