It’s pretty apparent that the building blocks are in place for the Bourne High School volleyball team to once again be very good in the future. Those building blocks are a foundation, but the structure is still a work in progress.
Coach Andy Mather’s squad went through some “growing pains” in a 3-0 loss to Greater New Bedford Voke Tech on Wednesday, September 18. Bourne competed in each game, and came very closely to taking the middle set, but were defeated in three straight. GNBVT scored a 26-17, 25-23, 25-16 win to send Bourne to 2-4 overall on the season.
“We have a lot of new people in new positions,” Mather said. “We’re going through some growing pains, but we’re making progress.”
Those growing pains include learning how to win tight sets. Bourne played from behind for nearly all of the second set, but refused to go away. With Caitlin O’Connor (8 kills) and Kiely O’Connor (10 kills) leading the hitting up front, the Canalmen rallied from several points down to tie the score at 23-23 late in the second set.
Young teams sometimes make young mistakes, and for BHS they were costly. An unforced error by BHS gave the visitors a one point lead and then a passing error gave the Bears the winning point in the second. Had things gone the other way, Bourne may have been able to come all the way back.
Down 2-0, though, things did not get any easier in the third. Greater New Bedford hit the ball with vigor in the final set and their attacking was the difference.
Bourne defeated Wareham in three easy sets on September 16. The Lady Canalmen won 25-16, 25-14, and 25-18. It was the second win of the season for BHS.
The young BHS team got strong play from Mary Berio-Rowlands. The team’s top setter had 18 assists in the match and scored four aces. Junior captain Kieley O’Connor made an impact with 15 kills for BHS. Olivia Desantis played big with five kills and senior captain Caitlin O’Connor had five aces and seven kills to help the cause.