Kevin Huang
Sophomore Emily Hayes bumps a ball during the JV match against Cornerstone Christian.

The JV volleyball girls said they saw large improvements in their play, but still dropped their second game of the season to Cornerstone Christian on Sept. 8.

The Cavs barely lost the first set, 22-25.

However, the Cavs’ score of 22 was twice as large as all of their set scores in their first game against Forest Lake Christian, Sept. 2.

“It was a big accomplishment,” sophomore Kyra LaFitte said.

“We were able to complete more three-touch plays and communicated more.”

Last week coach Kristi Mathisen said it was one of the team’s primary goals to get three-touch plays.

“Three-touch plays are real volleyball,” she said. “We have a lot of inexperienced players that need to learn real volleyball.”

The second set proved to be more of a challenge, as the girls lost, 11-25.

One of the areas that Mathisen is trying to improve is the team’s rotations.

“We’re working with a lot of combinations on the court, trying to find the right ones,” she said.

“And I’m also making sure that every player is playing, too.”

But when players weren’t on the court, they still played an important role by boosting their teammates’ morale.

“The cheering from the bench looked really enthusiastic and genuine,” senior spectator Aidan Cunningham said.

The girls face Woodland Christian on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m.

By Adam Dean

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