East Mountain volleyball picked up a 3-1 home victory (25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23) Sept. 29 over Pecos.
In the first two sets the game-winning points resulted from rare double-touch fouls called by the line judge.
The double-touch violation is a judgement call when a player returns the ball with spin, as more of a two-handed throw from the palms, instead of a firm return with the fingertips, according to the line judge who made both calls.
“I’ve never seen that,” East Mountain’s first-year coach Kasi Harris said of the consecutive double-touch calls.
After winning the first two sets the Lady T’Wolves fell behind early in the second game and never recovered.
East Mountain got within 2 when Devan Quintana’s 5 serve points narrowed the gap to 13-15.
But Pecos answered with a 9-1 service surge to push its lead to 10 points before winning the set by 7. “It was like they checked out,” Harris said of the T’Wolves’ performance during the third-set loss.
The fourth set was East Mountain’s most impressive of the contest.
Several jousts at the net kept the game tied or within 2 points throughout.
The score was tied at 20, 22, and 23 before East Mountain secured the victory.
The T’Wolves’ match-winning point came on a would-be cross-court kill by Pecos that had too much mustard on it and drifted wide of the sideline.
“That last game was like a roller coaster,” Harris said, adding, “It seems like they like to play those close matches, like they thrive on that.”
Despite their 4-9 record, Harris said the Lady T’Wolves have “progressed nicely” over the season. “The bond and connection has grown,” she said. “The girls are super-excited about the season.”