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Junior Heidi Johnson jumps to spike in the varsity volleyball team’s Sept. 6 match against Mira Loma High School.

The girls’ varsity volleyball team came out victorious for the second time this season when they defeated the Mira Loma High School varsity team, 3-0, on September 6 at home.

The girls had a good start, winning their first set, 25-19.

They then defeated their opponents in the second set, 25-18, and ended the game in the third set, 25-20.

According to sophomore Bri Davies, the team started out strong and with high energy, but lacked consistency.

“I wish we would have kept our momentum strong throughout the game and finished better,” Davies said.

“We could have closed out the game a lot more efficiently.”

Junior Lia Kaufman agreed that the team needed more intensity.

“We were playing lazy and slow,” Kaufman said.

“We need to pick up our game.”

However, Kaufman said that they did well connecting passes and making good plays.

According to Davies, the girls have improved their serves since their last game and minimized their errors.

Junior Bella Mathisen said that the team played pretty well overall, especially since their opponents weren’t much competition.

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Junior Tori Van Vleck hits the ball behind her.

“We really improved communication and talking, and (we) were more comfortable as a team,” Mathisen said.

Coach Jason Kreps agreed.

“We are continuing to work together and just need to keep communicating,” Kreps said.

Kreps said that they won long rallies and picked up short balls but need to work on serve-receive passing and stopping service runs.  

He also said that he has been trying to find a flow that gives everyone playing time.

“More than (in) other games, everyone contributed to this match, which was nice,” Kreps said.

Senior Yasmin Gupta agreed.

“We were able to pull ahead and allow everyone to play,” Gupta said.

“We were (also) able to pick up a lot of (balls) defensively.”

Gupta said that they need to improve every aspect a little more but especially work on their passing in order to get ready for playoffs.

Their next game is Monday, September 11, against Foresthill High School at home at 6 p.m.

By Anna Frankel

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