By Meseret Carver,
Davis High women’s volleyball defeated Franklin in four games, with a final game score of 27-25, after an emotional match.
During the third game, both teams were on high alert with a tied score of 14 all. Davis struggled to get out of a rut with miscommunication costing them more than one point.
However, after a timeout the team was back on track until junior Jessie Siu missed a serve and the ball rolled back to Franklin, resulting in the score 16-17 with Franklin ahead for the first time in three games.
Although Davis made some good plays, the momentum from the first two games had been drained and the team struggled to keep up with Franklin’s newfound confidence.
“I think everyone was getting frustrated and we were starting to make a lot of the same mistakes [multiple times],” junior Emily Perry said.
Through it all, the pep band filled the gym with Blue Devil spirit in their first debut of the year, but it was not enough. The Devils lost what could have been a game winning set 22-25 and the teams switched sides for a fourth game with Franklin gaining on a comeback victory.
The beginning of the fourth game was not very fruitful for either team. Both had a hard time holding onto the ball with constant turnovers keeping the score within a one point difference for much of the first half.
With the threat of a Franklin victory hanging in the balance, the Devil’s returned to the level of energy they were exhibiting when they beat Franklin 25-12 and 25-16 as they pulled ahead 17-10. However, Franklin made them work for every point.
After countless rallies and challenges to the referee’s calls, Franklin was up 21-17 and the audience went crazy cheering for their school. The teams exchanged many hard earned points and a technicality tied the game at 22 all.
Franklin’s libero then served a game point floater at 22-24 Franklin that but was returned by Davis, who took the point and finished the game with 27- 25.
“We knew we had to fight for our points and that’s what helped us close the last game,” junior Tiya Kamba-Griffin said.