Junior Naomi Cohen tips the ball past two Sacramento Adventist blockers during the Cavs' 3-0 loss on Sept. 25. (Photo by Emma Boersma)

Varsity volleyball team struggles with ‘new positions,’ loses in straight sets

(Graphic by Larkin Barnard-Bahn and Jackson Crawford)

The varsity volleyball team fell to the Sacramento Adventist Capitals 25-21, 25-10, 25-17 at Country Day on Sept. 25. 

Coach Jason Kreps said new team roles contributed to the loss.

“Because (junior setter Erin Wilson) is out because of an injury, everyone has new positions,” Kreps said. “Even though (junior Elise Sommerhaug) hasn’t had much varsity experience, she has jumped into the center position and done a great job.” 

According to Kreps, the team fell into early deficits, making it difficult to come back.

“The other team was super consistent and had very good serves, and we realized that later on, but it was too late,” Kreps said. 

Senior Jewel Turner jumps for a kill. (Photo by Emma Boersma)

Kreps said the Cavs improved their communication during the match but need to work on serving and receiving. 

Sophomore outside hitter Vanessa Escobar agreed with Kreps about the communication. 

“In the last set, we really got into it,” Escobar said. “Our energy was good, and we were talking a lot more than (in) the other sets.”

The Cavs’ next match is Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at Western Sierra.

—By Sanjana Anand