There might not be a direct correlation between Camly Pham’s new pink and gray knee-high argyle socks and her serving ability, but she certainly served her socks off against West Roxbury on Wednesday afternoon at O’Bryant.
“Today I wanted to start a new trend; I wanted to start a new trend on our team,” O’Bryant’s junior captain said after the 3-0 victory. “No, I don’t think [it helped my serve]. I just wanted to start something new and it kind of went with what I was wearing.”
Pham served the first 10 points of the opening set, including two aces, as the Tigers took a 10-0 lead. Then, after West Roxbury got within eight points, Pham served out the final two points of the opening set, including an ace on the final point to win the game 25-14.
“It just made confidence for our team and it sparked our whole victory, that’s what helped our game,” she said of the 10-0 lead to start the match. “It was really good, I’m proud that my serves are like bullets and stuff and I’m just really happy that I helped our team out. I’m really proud of my serve because I also play tennis so it helps out.”
West Roxbury took the early 7-3 lead in the second game before O’Bryant junior setter Bonnie Li had three of her own aces in a row to tie the match at 11. Then after West Roxbury scored a point, Pham's high-flying kill put her team back on serve.
Pham proceeded to serve seven aces in a row to give the Tigers the 20-11 lead. O’Bryant coach Trudy Fisher took Pham out of the game before they won it 25-11.
Pham said she wasn’t upset her coach took her out while she was serving so well.
“Not really, other people need to get a chance to also play in the game so I don’t mind,” she said.
O’Bryant (6-1) cruised in the final set, 26-6.
“The kids are working really hard, they are practicing extra,” said Fisher. “I see a lot of potential in them. I see more in them than they see in themselves. We keep working at it. They are going to be OK in the long run.”
Last year O’Bryant lost in the finals of the city championships to English. So far this year, they knocked off the only undefeated team in the city league, Snowden, 3-2.
“We should’ve beat them 3-0 but we made some rookie mistakes,” Fisher said of the Snowden match. “That’s our goal to make it back [to cities] and see what we can do once we get there.”
West Roxbury’s first-year coach Jenny Bello said even though her team fell to 0-6 on the season, she was pleased that her team responded well in the second set after falling down early in the match.
“I was very pleased with the whole game, I know that the last match was a little bit more challenging but I was pleased with the game,” Bello said. “We are very supportive of our team and we are making all the effort.
“We have a new team. We are doing a lot of practice. They are learning the skills and the drills so I think we are getting there.”
As for Pham, her next move is to make argyle the next big thing among her teammates.
“I’m going to ask them,” she said. “Why not; it matches my shoes so why not.”
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