The Varsity Volleyball team poses for a photo after their 3-0 win against Buckingham. They celebrated seniors Vanessa Escobar (third from left), Zola Grey (fourth from left) and Vivian Conner (fifth from left). (Photo by Kali Wells)
Cavs Varsity Volleyball scores a 3-0 win over Buckingham Knights on senior night
The Cavaliers varsity volleyball team took a 3-0 victory over the Buckingham Knights at Country Day on Oct. 5 on Country Day’s senior night.
“Everything that we’ve been working on throughout the season is coming all together now,” Coach Jason Kreps said.
Kreps praised strong combination play from sophomore libero Zoe Genetos, sophomore outside hitter Annalucia King and junior outside hitter Haylee Holman. Together this trio created multiple spikes and kills across all three sets.
Kreps also enjoyed seeing the Cavs adaptability.
“Buckingham had a strong blocker. During our timeout we had to restructure,” Kreps said. “We talked about hitting the outside of her arms and changing our shape to get her spikes and were ready when we went back in.”
Sophomore setter Mia Crowder commended senior outside hitter Vanessa Escobar.
“She was really consistent with her passing and everything. I was happy to see her do so well on senior night.”
As part of senior night celebrations, seniors Vivian Conner, Escobar and Zola Grey all started and finished the game on the court, which Kreps said hadn’t happened before this season.
After the game, underclassmen delivered speeches thanking each of the seniors for their commitment and mentorship this year.
Grey appreciated Holmans’s speech.
“I liked the senior night a lot, it’s very different because with the other sports I did, it was great to get to hear Haylee.” Grey also loved the opportunity to grow into a new space this year.
“I definitely got closer with people that I haven’t actually met before, I was able to grow into the team and mentor some of the underclassmen as well,” Grey said.
Currently, the Cavs sit at second place in the league, behind Western Sierra. The last two away games of the season are expected to be wins.
Kreps hasn’t been able to take a team on a playoff run since 2018, and he is excited for what the rest of the season brings.
Oct. 6 was the last scheduled home game for the Cavs, but the Cavaliers have qualified for playoffs, which run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11.
The Cavs’ next game is Oct. 14 at Sac Adventist at 6 p.m.