The varsity volleyball girls lost 3-1 against Stone Ridge Christian on Nov. 13 in their semi-final match.
The team and coaches left SCDS at 2:45 p.m. for Merced. After sitting on the bus for two hours, the girls began warm-up.
In the first set, SCDS didn’t come out as strongly as in previous matches and lost, 19-25. However, the coach for the Lady Knights received a yellow card for throwing his clipboard on the ground and getting into a heated debate with a referee after a touch was called on one of Stone Ridge’s players.
In high school volleyball, a yellow card is a warning and can be given to players or coaches.
The Cavs suffered another loss in the second set, 18-25.
SCDS brought up the intensity in the third match. Freshman Katia Dahmani had a lot of aces even though Stone Ridge students would make noises and try to distract Dahmani from making her serves. Junior Jenny Kerbs blocked very well and had a lot of kills. The teams battled it out, but the Cavs took victory, 26-24.
At the very end of the set, junior Aidan Galati blocked and then on the next point delivered a kill to the other team, which won the set for SCDS.
“It was one of the best sets we’ve ever played,” freshman Annya Dahmani said. “Our team was tackling each other because we were so happy.”
But the excitement didn’t last. In the final set, the Cavs fell back and lost, 17-25.
Stone Ridge’s intensity and quick plays resemble that of Forest Lake, which the Cavs beat for the first time in 11 years on Sept. 4. Stone Ridge has a record of 16-2.
Stone Ridge was also second and SCDS was third in their league.