Senior Heidi Johnson lines up her hit in the third set. The Cavs would go on to win the set 25-13. (Photo by Jackson Crawford)

Varsity volleyball dominates in 3-0 victory against Capitals

With only two games left in the regular season, the Cavs tacked on another victory against the Sacramento Adventist Academy Capitals on Oct. 16.

Following a save early in the first set, senior Tori Van Vleck served an ace, bringing the score to 4-1.

After trading a few points, senior Lia Kaufman won six points in a row, giving the Cavs a 11-3 lead.

“With other teams that aren’t as competitive, we stoop down to their level,” Kaufman said. “But this game, we kept up our intensity.”

Finishing off the first set, junior Jewel Turner placed a shot deep in the corner, bringing the Cavs to a 25-8 first-set-victory.

The girls attributed their success to great serving and communication.

And keeping their momentum, the Cavs started the second set with 15 points from Van Vleck.

The Cavs won the second set easily by a score of 25-4, their “best set of the match,” Kaufman said.

“Throughout the game, we had a lot of plays. We were able to run slides and mix up the serving.”

After a brief role reversal in the third, the Cavs found themselves down 1-3 in the third set. The girls quickly regained their momentum with six consecutive points from sophomore Erin Wilson.

The third set was the closest, with the Sac Adventist fans erupting in cheers after the score became 17-11.

However, the Cavs finished strong, winning 25-13 in the final set, bringing their season record to 9-3.

Assistant coach sophomore Bri Davies attributed their victory to the play of junior Jewel Turner.

“This was the first game where (senior Bella Mathisen) and Jewel connected really well on the quick sets,” Davies said.

“(Mathisen) did a really good job moving the ball around.”

If the Cavs win their next game against Buckingham Charter – the last game of the regular season – they will guarantee themselves a spot in the postseason.

This next game will be on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at home.

—By Jackson Crawford

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