On Oct. 20, the JV volleyball team played Valley Christian for the third time. Though the girls played well, they were defeated once again, 25-22 and 25-8.

However, this was the JV’s closest match against Valley Christian, and according to sophomore Kyra LaFitte and coach Kristi Mathisen, the girls showed great improvement from their previous matches.

In the first set, the girls came back from a 10-point deficit to lose by only three.

“We played with grit and improved confidence like we have never played before,” said Mathisen.

“Unfortunately, it was short-lived, and we lost the second game quite quickly.”

Sophomore Chloé Collinwood said that lack of communication accounted for their different performances in each set.

“In the first half we were listening to each other and going for rescue balls,” Collinwood said. “But in the second half, we stopped listening and got in our heads.

“We just couldn’t break the serves, and some people weren’t listening  when balls had been called.”

But the team remains positive about the match and their overall improvement.

“Even though we lost, we had a lot of good hits, a block by Savannah Rosenzweig and a lot of good passes,” freshman Alyssa Valverde said.

“We’ve really grown as a team since our last match against Valley Christian.”

Mathisen said that her team is made up of “some of the most positive spirits” she has ever coached..

“It’s been a truly rewarding experience for me,” she said.

The girls’ final match will be against Cornerstone Christian at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25,  at Cornerstone.

Garrett Shonkwiler

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