Despite slamming Cristo Rey again, varsity volleyball girls dissatisfied with their performance

The girls’ varsity volleyball team won 3-0 against Cristo Rey on Oct. 13 at Burbank High School.

In the first set, the Cavs won, 25-10. In the second, the Cavs lost their edge a little, but still won, 25-18. In the final set, the Cavs won 25-10.

Senior co-captain Sydney Michel and sophomore libero Katia Dahmani said that the Cavs’ performance against the Saints was adequate, but not up to their usual standards.

“It was okay,” Michel said. “We shouldn’t have let them get as many points as they did.”

Michel said that the fact that the girls had not played in a week due to class trips made caused them to be a little out of whack.

“We weren’t on our toes as much and just watched a lot of balls drop instead of going for them,” Michel said.

The Cavs let several of the balls that the Saints freeballed over drop.

According to sophomore Kyra Petersen, Gupta’s serves were “off the chain” for the whole match. Gupta said that at first, she just focused on getting the serves in, but later she held back a little more, which gave her more control over the ball, so she could aim at open spaces.

Junior Elizabeth Brownridge said that she thought that the Saints played better than when the Cavs played them in mid-September and won, 3-0.

“(They) were able to put the ball in play and they had a few good serves,” Brownridge said.

According to Brownridge, several players thought that the net was set too high. Michel said that usually her hand passes the top of the net, but at this game, she didn’t even come close. However, Michel said that the net’s height did not affect the game very much.

Brownridge said that the crowd was mostly empty except for a few people who wandered in and out of the gym.

Senior Aidan Galati did not attend the match because she was sick. According to junior Alexa Mathisen, setter and co-captain, freshman Bella Mathisen got more playing time because of Galati’s absence.

The Cavs’ next game will be away against Wilton Christian at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

In late September, the Cavs beat the Wilton, 3-0.

The Cavs plan on wearing pink ribbons in their hair at the next game in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Alexa, who came up with the idea, said that her volleyball team at Rio Americano, which she transferred from last year, was very active in supporting breast cancer awareness.

“We had bake sales to raise money and (wore) ribbons,” Alexa said. “I wanted to bring more awareness to Country Day. Also ribbons are cute, and I believe they unite a team.”

—By Sonja Hansen