On senior night, the varsity volleyball girls won, 3-0, against the Sacramento Adventist Capitals on Nov. 2 in their last league game of the season. The Cavs became the league champions because of their perfect record in all league matches.
Before the match, sophomore Kyra Petersen said that she hoped the girls would quickly and efficiently strike down the Capitals again.
“I feel pretty good about (the match),” Petersen said. “I’m hoping it will be a pretty easy game.”
It was dead silent when the Cavs took their routine run out from the weight room into the mostly empty gym to begin warm-up. Usually, the crowd gets ecstatic whenever the girls go through this ritual, but the small audience barely noticed this time.
The Cavs had the first serve of the match. The Cavs lost a few points by calling balls out when they were actually in.
Sophomore Kyra Petersen had a 5-point serving run at the beginning of the set and finished with a 6-point streak. Junior Alexa Mathisen said that she tried to set to the seniors more often because it was their special night. The Cavs won easily, 25-8.
In the second set, the Capitals shanked several balls on their first pass and fell behind. Towards the middle, the Capitals started passing the balls over, but they were facing away from the court. Senior Sydney Michel had a 6-point serving run in the middle, and the Cavs won, 25-10.
In the last set, the Capitals kept their passes high and in control, but the Cavs quickly won the set, 25-10, to get the senior night festivities started.
Before they left, the Capitals’ seniors were each given a rose.
Head coach Jason Kreps invited the families of seniors Jenny Kerbs, Aidan Galati and Michel to come onto the court and stand by the girls while their coaches and teammates read speeches.
Kreps began the speeches by talking about how he wants his future teams to look up to these seniors. Assistant coach Sarah Song told the audience about how the three girls were in her first kindergarten class when she began working at SCDS 12 years ago. Song talked about how impressed she is that the girls are so committed to the team despite having numerous responsibilities in their senior year. Song began to get choked up when she called the girls stellar leaders and sisters for the team.
The rest of the Cavs each gave a short description or memory of one player and then presented the girls with personalized gift baskets and a volleyball signed by all players. Each senior received stationery, a picture frame, toiletries and their favorite candies. All JV and varsity players donated $5 to buy the baskets.
Junior Avi Bhullar did not attend the match because she was out of town.
The Cavs will begin playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at home. The girls will find out the opponent they will be facing and at what time later in the week.
“I’m really excited to play good teams and have really competitive games,” Mathisen said. “I would be very happy if we made it to the section finals. Both my freshman and sophomore year at Rio (Americano High School), we lost in semi-finals, so I’ve never played a section championship and would love to.”
Mathisen said that the Cavs will be pushing themselves in practice all week because they have no games scheduled.
“We can do a lot of conditioning and endurance training without having to worry about weak or sore muscles the next day at a game like usual,” Mathisen said.
—By Sonja Hansen