A flurry of scoring in an athletic event is generally confined to a short span.
Santa Barbara pushed that envelope by closing Tuesday’s nonleague girls’ volleyball match with a 2 1/2-game flurry.
Trailing, 13-1, in the opening game, the Dons proceeded to score 45 of the match’s final 50 points, turning the would-be routers into routees with a 17-15, 15-1, 15-2 victory.
The Lancers, playing with only one returning player, Carrie Penfield, were unable to respond.
“Their hitters started putting the ball in the court and letting us make the errors, which we were very gracious in doing,” Thousand Oaks Coach Ron Beick said.
But even after giving up 11 consecutive points in the first game, Thousand Oaks fought to take a 15-14 lead. Although the Lancers had five serves on game point, they were thwarted by suddenly red-hot Santa Barbara (1-0) each time.
A kill by outside hitter Jennifer Burke of Santa Barbara tied the score, 15-15, and after a Thousand Oaks hitting error, Santa Barbara’s Isa Hendry closed the game with one of her seven kills.
In the next two games, the Lancers seemingly could do nothing right and never threatened the Dons.
Lancer middle hitter Penfield, who had seven kills, was asked if she had ever experienced such a scoring blitz.
“Only when I’m on the other side,” she said. “It was a new experience for me.”
The match was a new experience for most every Lancer. Only two players, Carrie and Janette Penfield, played on the varsity level last season, and Janette missed the match with a sprained ankle.
“We’re going through a collective slump,” Beick said. “We’ve got to learn to do it with what we have.”