The varsity volleyball team lost at home against one of their biggest rivals, Valley Christian, on Sept. 26.

“They (Valley Christian) are going to be really competitive,” coach Sarah Song said before the match. “It’s going to be a fun match.”

Song was right. Parents, students and teachers filled the stands to support the girls. There were lots of  clenched teeth and spirited cheers as the match got intense.

In the first set, the teams were tied for quite a while until Valley Christian pulled ahead and won, 25-13.

“It was a tough first set,” teacher Sue Nellis said at the end of the first set. “But they’re playing very well.”

SCDS maintained a 5-point lead over Valley Christian during the second set and won 25-20. During this set, Valley Christian’s front row players would pass the ball over instead of hitting it. This gave the SCDS girls the opportunity to create  three-touch plays.

The third set began with Valley Christian’s  Angelina Contreras going on a 7-point serving run, but SCDS quickly turned things around and won, 25-23.

In the fourth set, the SCDS girls slowed down and lost 15-25.

The audience’s energy began to peter out, so eighth graders Tori Van Vleck, Olivia Popp, Roya Palavan and Lia Kaufman led the crowd in a series of chants to lift the girls’ spirits.

However, in the final set, SCDS lost again, 5-15.

The girls’ next tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 26, all day at Jackson Sports Academy, against 32 other teams.

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