“We’ve already played them once, but you never know,” Johnson said.
“We couldn’t just go on cruise control, but we were confident in ourselves as a team.”
Song added that although the Cavs beat them, the Knights aren’t too different from the Valley Christian Lions, who narrowly defeated the Cavs on Oct. 13.
“They’re both very competitive teams,” Song said.
“But I think the energy’s different because we’re home; we have refs that are calling proper shots.”
The seniors, including Leavy, said they could feel the energy.
“I played outside, which I’ve never done before,” Leavy said. “And all the girls were telling me what to do when I needed help.”
Leavy said that she felt this game allowed her to reflect on how her skills have developed in the last two years.
“I’ve improved,” Leavy said with a satisfied smile, sweat still on her forehead.
“I’m proud to be on the team that I’m on. I couldn’t ask to be on a team with more supportive teammates.”
Even in the midst of an amazing night, there were still tinges of pain for some seniors.
“It was really bittersweet,” Mathisen said.
“Going on my recruiting visits and seeing college volleyball programs has been making me very excited to experience a different level of volleyball, but the other night I realized how much I would miss this.”
Mathisen recounted her fond memories of seeing her family, and in a way her Country Day family, made up of excited little kids and pumped-up high schoolers.
“After this season that’ll never happen again,” Mathisen added.
“With my parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin there, I was so happy to play for them. I’m really going to miss that if I go to college outside of California.”
Valverde said the reality of this being their last game pushed them.
“The fact that it was the end was in my mind the whole game,” Valverde sad.
“But I was having so much fun that I was too happy to care. It only motivated me to play harder.”
Although there are only three weeks left in the seniors’ high-school volleyball careers, Song implored the girls to “come back and scrimmage when (they’re) in college.”