The JV girls’ volleyball team played their rival team, the Valley Christian Lions, for the third time this season on Oct. 20 after losing to them twice, 1-2, earlier in the year.

And this time they defeated the Lions, 2-0.

“We knew that this time we really had to finish it and win,” sophomore co-captain Sonja Hansen said.

The first and second set were both very close, resulting in a final score of 26-24 for both.

“We’ve improved a lot,” freshman Heidi Johnson said before the game. “Before we would make simple errors. We would let balls drop right in front of us.

“We’re going to play well (against Valley) because we’ve come together more as a team.”

As more and more people came into the gym – including history teacher Sue Nellis, Spanish teacher Patricia Portillo and Sandy Lyon, head of middle school – the girls got more and more aggressive.

The crowd was loud and cheering on the girls after every point.

“Personally I felt more aggressive and prepared for the ball to come to me,” Hansen said. “I think that everyone was really into this game because we’ve faced them so many times, and came so close each time. It was so aggravating every time we lost, and it really nagged us.”

Coach Kristi Mathisen said she is very proud of her team and what they have accomplished.

“(We played) so great,” Mathisen said. “We did so well. We played real volleyball. We just had to play our game and not play down to their level.”

The Cavs also had a record high of 11 kills in one game, which Mathisen said was one of the team’s strengths during the game.

“We had 21 three-touch plays with hits,” she added. “We’ve been focusing on three-touch plays the whole season.”

The girls’ next (and last) game will be the SCDS Homecoming game against Valley Christian on Friday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. 

—By Annya Dahmani

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