In their home opener, the Upper Cape Tech volleyball team fell in straight sets to Westport on Tuesday, September 10.
The first two sets were competitive, with the Wildcats claiming 25-18 and 25-20 wins, respectively. Westport then pulled away in the third and final set, claiming 25-10 finish to capture the three-set victory.
"They began to build some momentum towards the end of the first set and continued into the second set from the football team cheering them on," UCT head coach Karen Lafreniere said. "But it wasn't enough to make their mark."
Zoe Jackson-Laro compiled 11 service points, six aces. Zoe Janicki had seven hits and one kill while senior Taylor Richards had six hits to go with one kill.
Bethany Davis led the Rams as a defensive specialist with eight digs while Jackson-Laro had seven.
West Bridgewater 3, UCT 1
In their first match of the fall season, the Rams pushed the Wildcats to four sets on the road in West Bridgewater on Monday, September 9.
After dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-18, UCT battled back in the third set, facing elimination, to win decidedly 25-18. Building off the momentum from their third set victory, the Rams pushed the hosts in the fourth set before ultimately fall, 25-22.
"They couldn't seem to make a connection [as a team] until that third set," Lafreniere said. "Then it clicked. The played more in sync with better communication. But it was just a little too late."
Richards led the team with 12 service points, six of which went unreturned for aces. She added three kills while leading the team in sets and assists. Nicaeyla Pires tallied nine service points as Janicki had 10 hits.
Jackson-Laro had 25 passes and eight digs while Davis added 27 passes and six digs to led UCT defensively.
"Both played amazing as defensive specialists," Lafreniere said.
UCT (0-2, 0-2 MAC) travels to Fall River to meet Atlantis Charter School on Monday, September 16 at 5:30 PM.