Bonita Women’s Volleyball Team Rally Glendora in Palomares League Match – Daily Bulletin


LA VERNE — Bonita women’s volleyball coach Eli Cuenca watched a timid team play the opening set on Tuesday afternoon.

Glendora’s forwards faced little resistance early on and had a field day with 13 kills and just one strike error in the opener. Bonita finally settled into the game and put up a solid block, which helped the Bearcats rally for a 16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 win and take sole possession of first place in the Palomares League.

Bonita (14-1, 4-0 in the league) finished the match with 13 blocks, all but one after the first set.

“We didn’t execute the game plan at the start of the game,” Cuenca said of the struggles in the first set. “Once the nerves calmed down a bit, we were able to really get things done and protect our home ground.”

Glendora (18-4, 3-1) rode a 13-3 streak to take control of the opener. The Tartans balanced the offense and Ella Dunaway led the way with four kills. Libero Janna Yap served three aces in this key run.

Bonita turned the tables in the second set, using a 16-3 run to run away with the set. Stephanie Groswirt led the Bearcats offense with five kills in the set. Amore Mason capped off this second game with a block of tricks.

“We were definitely very slow today,” said senior libero Megan Hester, who was sensational in the back row and recorded a team-high 17 digs. “We got back to our game and our energy and the student section supported us.”

The third set was one of the tightest of the match, with the teams trading heads initially. Hailey Heflin and Kendra Gonzales combined seven kills in the set to help Glendora take an 18-14 lead. Bonita fought back and closed with an 11-4 run. Ally Rohrer kicked off the Bearcats’ comeback with a huge solo block, and Mason and Sadie Harper teamed up for a block to end the set. Bonita had six of his blocks in the third set.

“We just stayed in the moment,” Cuenca said. “We let a game develop and then we move on to the next point.”

Glendora had four straight points to take a 16-15 lead in the fourth set. Cuenca called a timeout and Bonita responded with a 4-0 run to regain the lead. Groswirt had two kills in this crucial race.

“I think playing at home really motivates us,” Groswirt said. “You can feel all the energy inside the gymnasium.”

Groswirt, a senior outside hitter, showed off her skills throughout Tuesday’s game. She recorded a record 17 eliminations and also had 13 recoveries. Groswirt even played a rotation as a setter in the last two sets.

“Stephanie is so balanced. You will never see her rise or fall,” Cuenca said. “We depend on her so much offensively and she gets the job done defensively too… She executed so well today, which is expected.”

Glendora had six players totaling at least six kills on Tuesday. Gianna Perez led the balanced effort with 11 kills. Center blockers Bridget Nemeth and Brooklynne Traficante combined to register seven kills in the fourth set.

“It’s something we’ll have to look for next time,” Cuenca said, referring to the return leg on October 6.

Rohrer and Hester each finished with three aces for Bonita. Rohrer also had four blocks to lead the Bearcats.


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