In a packed and sold out house last night, two rivals met in a highly anticipated matchup, with only one walking away with the glory. The Academy Cougars hosted the Notre Dame Royals in a grudge match that had fans off their feet for the entire game.
In the 1st set, the Royals managed to take the charge, capitalizing on their offensive attack, off several kills and aces, giving them a 5-point lead. Elyse Bias however took matters into her own hands as she slammed down several kills of her own, chipping away at the lead, and tying the game up at 14 points apiece. The game remained deadlocked in the tail end of the set as both teams exchanged the lead several times.
With the score tied at 17 -17, Academy found themselves in the driver seat, slowly dismantling their rivals off a couple of errors and aces. Behind 24-22, the Royals tried to make a comeback, but a serving error cost them the 1st set, as they eventually conceded 25-22.
In the 2nd set, the Cougars carried on their momentum from the 1st set as Bias served 3 straight aces, that helped them take a commanding 7-2 lead. Mary Gillian proved that her hard hitting could make an impact, as she paved the way for a Royal comeback, tying the game up at 9 points each. ND slowly picked away at Cougar defense, as they managed to take a 6-point lead off several kills and defensive errors.
The Royals looked to take the game into a 3rd and final set, as they held a 24-20 lead, but their drive was not enough to end the set, as Victoria Umagat turned hero for the Cougars, as she served 6 straight points, after a Royal serving error, paving the way for the 26-24 comeback win.