by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School girl’s volleyball team hosted Princeton High School Thursday night at the annual Pink Game. The Big Blue lost in three sets falling to 2-14 on the season and 0-5 in the Greater Miami Conference.
Hamilton started off the first set strong, going on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 5-1. A kill from Princeton interrupted the momentum, but a tip over the net from sophomore Allyson Payne brought it back. Princeton continued to battle, eventually tying the score at 6. Hamilton’s missed serves, bad passing and miscommunication allowed for Princeton to go on a 13-2 run and end the first set at 25-16.
Head coach Anitra Brockman said: “Our biggest issue is talking, were going to work on [that] and coverage. The girls just need to trust each other and realize their own potential. I think once they fix that we’ll be a pretty unstoppable team.”
The second set proved to be more of a challenge for the Big Blue, with Princeton quickly taking the lead 8-5. Two aces in a row from senior Annie Hudson and a big swing from sophomore Olivia Loe tied the score at 8. Dropped balls and wild hits from Hamilton allowed Princeton to gain their own momentum. The Big Blue continued to fight, capitalizing on multiple net violations from the Vikings, and tied the score at 14. A big block from Payne and a missed serve allowed Hamilton to take the lead at 16-14. Despite multiple digs from Hudson and freshman Erika Scott and hits by Coulter, Princeton was able to come away with the 24-21 win.
“I feel like we didn’t play to our best potential. We have a lot of a talented girls on our team but we don’t use it to our advantage,” said sophomore Samantha Fuller.
By the start of the third set, Hamilton lacked energy and commitment and allowed Princeton to bury Hamilton 25-12.
Brockman said: “We have four games left in the [Greater Miami Conference] and we’re looking to get that first win. The girls in the past couple years haven’t won a conference game. Tonight would have really been nice to get that but we still have four more opportunities.”
The Big Blue will face Little Miami and Amelia this weekend at Little Miami High School. Game one starts at 10 a.m.