Whether it’s football, basketball, volleyball or hopscotch, put Portsmouth and Portsmouth West against one another and there’s guaranteed to be some intense competition between the two rival schools.
The volleyball match between the two schools on the west side Monday night was no exception, as Portsmouth was able to prevail over their rival West in three sets. (25-10, 25-14, 25-22)
Portsmouth relied on a hot start to get things going. The Trojans started on a 6-1 run to open the game before the Senators took a timeout. From there, Portsmouth coasted on an 11-3 run to take a 17-4 lead before another West timeout.
“Any time we get off to a start like that, the girls just explode from there and go with it,” Portsmouth head coach Sarah Prosch said. “It gives them major momentum to push through the rest of the game.”
Following the timeout, the Senators put up a fight but were too far behind to take the first set of the match. The Trojans took the first set by a score of 25-10 after a West service error gave Portsmouth their final point.
In the second set, West got off to a better start. The Senators held a slim 6-4 lead, but Portsmouth pulled ahead with a 6-0 run to take a 10-6 edge before West took a timeout. When the teams returned to action, Portsmouth scored six of the next seven points to pull even further ahead.
Ultimately, an attack error for West gave the Trojans a 25-14 win in the set.
Down to their last chance, the Senators were looking to keep the match going. West put up a good fight in the last set, and led 15-14 before taking their first timeout. The two teams traded points, and Portsmouth held a 21-20 lead late and looked to be in control.
However, Abbi Pack had other ideas. Pack attempted to keep her Senators in the match, and wasn’t going to go down easily. On a play where the ball sailed nearly into the stands, Pack sprinted towards the sideline and saved the ball just before it hit the ground. Her effort proved costly as the Senators were able to tie the game at 21.
West took a 22-21 lead on the next play, and Portsmouth took a timeout. The Trojans scored the next two points before the Senators took another timeout. Then, Portsmouth scored two more points to win the final set 25-22 and the match.
“The last [set] was a little rough, but they showed heart and they pulled through it and fought back,” Prosch said about her team. “You’re going to be in situations like this in big games, so it’s really important to focus here and pull through.”
With the victory, Portsmouth is now 8-4 this season after the win against the Senators.
Portsmouth West is now 2-7 this season following Monday night’s match in what has been a year full of injuries for the Senators. “I told the girls “we’ve got to overcome what’s happened to us, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it.” We’re trying to get everybody back and healthy, but in the meantime everybody that gets out on the floor has to do their job,” Senators head coach Brittany Sessor said.
Reach Benjamin Spicer at (502)264-7318 or on Twitter @BSpicerPDT