Up against the first quality team they’ve faced so far, the varsity volleyball team struggled against Woodland Christian, losing 3-1 on Sept. 9.

The Cavs lost the first game, 25-12. Then they got serious.

“In the second (game), we all realized that we needed to step up our play,” sophomore Kyra Petersen said. “We hadn’t  played a team of their quality yet, so we weren’t completely ready for what we were facing.”

The Cavs rallied in the next game to win 25-20.

But the girls couldn’t maintain that higher level of play. The next two sets were conceded 25-15 and 25-12 respectively.

“Our players became discouraged towards the end when we let our faults, like tight passes and missed hits, get to us,” senior Jenny Kerbs said.

But the loss wasn’t a surprise, as Woodland has had a winning percentage of .711 over the past three years. In fact, coach Jason Kreps schedules to play them every year because they are consistently so successful. Woodland is not in the same league as the Cavs.

“This was our first real test, and I’m very happy to see our potential,” Kreps said. “We can definitely hang and beat them in the future if we put the pieces together.”

Despite the loss, the home side of the gym was completely filled. The crowd was very into the game, cheering loudly throughout.

“When the crowd is really loud and cheering, it really increases our adrenaline and helps us react faster on the court,” senior Aidan Galati said.

The team next plays away against Forest Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

—By Adam Dean

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