MS and US Girls Volleyball

By Giselle Dalili

 

Left: Grace Dennis’19 serves to opposing team. Printed with permission of Skyler Calkins’20
Right: Izzy Baradaran’20 sets as Lola Craig’20 goes in for a hit.Printed with permission of Skyler Calkins’20.

The freshmen, JV and varsity girls’ volleyball team played many games since the start of their season in late August. The seventh and eighth grade teams began their season with students of different levels of experience.

The varsity team has an extremely busy schedule, practicing five days a week as well as on Saturday if they don’t have any tournaments scheduled.

The squad has an overall record of 17-9 and started off the season with a 3-0 loss against Lakewood High School. After that initial loss, they won the following seven games. They had inconsistent scores throughout the season. The girls lost their most recent game on Oct. 4 with a score of 0-2.

The varsity team has had seven Dave Mohs Tournaments between Sept. 9 and 17. The girls had an almost perfect record, but suffered a 0-2 loss against Long Beach Polytechnic High School on Sept. 10. They finished off the tournaments with a 0-2 loss against Lakewood High School. Varsity players said that they hope to turn their record around during the course of the season.

“This past weekend was a great showing for the Varsity team. Overall we played well and really came together to beat some good teams,” Program Head Adam Black said.

The freshmen and JV team attend daily practices to prepare for upcoming games, which included many rigorous drills and exercises to better the team’s skills. Players aspire to get to know the other members of their team during practices.

“My favorite part of volleyball is becoming so close with all my teammates and making such good friends,” freshman setter Amelia Koblentz ’20 said.

The JV team’s record is 16-6. The last game the team played so far in the season was against Flintridge Sacred Heart with a 2-1 win. The girls said that they are working hard to become a close team throughout the rest of the season.

The freshmen team’s hard work is demonstrated by their strong record of 18-3. The team began the season with a 2-0 win and kept their winning streak until a game against Marymount High School on Sept. 22. However, the team bounced back and reestablished their record soon after and hope to maintain if not better their record.

The seventh and eighth grade girls on all three of the middle school teams have various levels of experience and, since the start of practices, have become more organized.

The black team has an overall record of 3-1 since they won their first game against Paul Revere on Sept. 20 with a score of 2-0. On Oct. 6, the girls played a game against Campbell Hall School in which they learned a lot as a team.

“We recently played a game against Campbell Hall. Even though we lost, it really taught us to not beat ourselves up over it but learn from our mistakes and move forward. I believe this is a very good lesson to learn for future games,” black team outside hitter Helena Steuch ‘21 said.

The white team has an overall record of 3-2. They won their most recent game against Marlborough School 2-1 on Sept. 27.

The red team’s record is 1-3. They lost their most recent game with a score of 2-0 against St. Matthew’s Parish School on Oct. 6. The girls said that they are preparing to strengthen their record.

“Not everything is going to come easy in life and most things require hard work. As a team, I think that we can improve a lot and we have a whole season to do so,” red team outside hitter Mia Feizbakhsh ’22 said.

The middle school teams hope to improve overall and learn from their wins and losses. All of the upper school teams hope to win the championships this season.

“Overall, our goal is to win championships this season by practicing a lot,” JV setter Skylar Calkins ’20 said.

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