What a weekend. MatchPointOhio was up until 3:30 on Friday night watching the streamed match against Hawai’i. Very creditable play. We got swept, but every set was close.
The next night all we had was Live Stats, but we were glued to the screen at Cricket’s house, and after dropping the first set, the victory was sweet over San Diego State.
Tonight we “watched” the match (Live Stats again) against Arizona State from my house, which has its advantages. When we want to scream we scream, when we want to howl we howl. My neighbors are not that close, and by now they’ve probably figured out what’s up when the screams erupt from my open windows. My neighbors are all my tenants, and they know what a maniac I am about the OU volleyball team.
You’ve seen the numbers, so you know the first set tonight was pretty miserable. Then we poured it on and took the second set in a very sweet victory, which said more for our team, I think, than anything we’ve seen this year. The third set was a teaser. Cricket and I were jumping up and down at the end, glorying in the victory, happy to be up two to one—but then we found it was a mistake by whoever was entering the scores in the Live Stats, and instead of winning 26-24, we lost 26-24. But there was more howling to come, when we pushed through and took the fourth set, also 26-24.
Out of all the stats of the weekend I’ll point out just two. Kelly Lamberti had 60 attacks in the San Diego State match. 60! I was trying to imagine how her arm felt after that. (Of course, she had 56 tonight, as well.) And the other detail: in tonight’s match, Jaime Kosiorek had eight service aces. I can’t remember ever seeing anything like that in any match, any time.
Cricket and I came away thinking the obvious: we have a great team, and we’re going to have a great year.