After senior Heidi Johnson’s hit, the Cavs await a return from the Lions. (Photo by Vanessa Escobar)

Cavs win fourth league game in row, giving them ‘shot at league title’

Adding a fourth win to their streak, the girls’ varsity volleyball team beat the Faith Christian Lions, 3-0, on Sept. 18 at home.

The Cavs led most of the game. The few points they lost in the first and second set – both of which were 25-18 – were mainly due to a particularly strong server on the opposing side, according to sophomore Bri Davies,

“She had a very good topspin serve, which is usually the easiest to pass, but some of hers came really fast and dropped really quickly, so it was hard to gauge where the ball would land,” senior Lia Kaufman said.

“Her first few serves were the toughest, but we were able to figure it out.”

But coach Jason Kreps says this kind of back and forth is typical when it comes to volleyball.

“Volleyball can be a game of momentum and how a team responds to plays and runs in a game,” Kreps said. “The varsity team has done a great job of not allowing the other team a chance in these matches.”

And the Cavs were able to finish the third set even stronger than the first two, with an 11 point lead, 25-14.

“We went into the last game with a lot of energy and determination to win,” Kaufman said.

“(Senior Tori Van Vleck) was the first server and (senior Bella Mathisen) was the second, and both of them had long service runs, which gave us the lead really quickly.”

The team capitalized on their lead, bringing the game to a 3-0 finish, the Cavs’ fourth this season.

“Volleyball games can go back and forth,” Kreps said. “In the 3-0 wins, I don’t feel like our opponents were that strong, and our team played well and efficiently against them.”

According to Kreps, the main reason for the team’s success is preparation, both this year and the years before.

“I do think this team can reach the playoffs,” Kreps said. “We have a shot at the league title, and a big part of that will be next Friday’s game –  homecoming against Western Sierra (at 6:00 p.m., home).”

But the Cavs still have a few games until then, the next being on Thursday, Sept. 20 against Sacramento Adventist Academy at 6:00 p.m. at Sacramento Adventist Academy.

—By Mehdi Lacombe

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