Consistent hits, defensive strategies give varsity volleyball victory against Cristo Rey

Benett Sackheim
The varsity volleyball girls wait for a serve from Cristo Rey.

The varsity girls’ volleyball team kicked off the season at St. Francis High School against the Cristo Rey Saints, who had a preseason record of 3-0, on Sept. 9.

Sophomore Heidi Johnson sat out since she had twisted her ankle before the game during the warmup.

But the girls powered through and won, 25-10, 25-17, 25-20.

Yet towards the end, there was some definite déjà vu, as the girls again began playing down to the other team’s level in the last set.

“We played better than yesterday, but we still didn’t finish well,” sophomore Yasmin Gupta explained.

But coach Sarah Song praised the Cavs’ strengths.

“The most consistent thing the girls did tonight was movement on defense,” Song said.

“We had many consistent hits that weren’t necessarily kills, but that allowed the girls to keep the ball in play.”

Junior Lea Gorny agreed, adding that their teamwork had improved as well.

“We were able to work together as a team, ending in a really good win,” Gorny said.

“Everyone played with really good intensity even though we were all really tired.”

Of course, Song has some ideas for what the girls can improve.

“What I hope to see the girls work on this season is coming together after a dead ball and also keeping our bench involved in a positive way,” Song said.

“At the next game I hope we can increase our level of communication and intensity.”

That game will be on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Valley Christian.

By Chardonnay Needler

Print Friendly, PDF & Email