Junior varsity volleyball defeats Diamond Ranch

Junior varsity volleyball won in a home league game against Diamond Ranch 2-0 Wednesday, Oct. 10.

In the first set, middle blocker junior Jordyn Sanchez scored the Mustangs’ first point by blocking an attempted hit from the Panthers. The Mustangs later went on a six-point run, with three aces by defensive specialist junior Ashley Ching. A single hit from the Panthers was followed by the Mustangs going on a seven-point run, including two aces from outside hitter freshman Sabrina Evangelista. The set ended with the Panthers hitting the ball into the net, letting the Mustangs win 25-14.

“Last time we went against [Diamond Ranch], we won in three sets and the first one was kind of a struggle,” middle blocker sophomore Esther Li said. “But today we did really well in the first set, so I think it was a confidence booster.”

The second set started with Diamond Ranch serving out of bounds, giving Walnut its first point. Diamond Ranch and Walnut rallied several times, with no team winning more than two at a time. After a four-point run by Walnut, Diamond Ranch responded by winning four rallies.

“[It was] nerve-wracking,” middle blocker sophomore Esther Li said. “[Our performance was] very up and down, but I’m glad we pulled through at the end. I think we were just overexcited about the first set.”

The second set continued with the Mustangs responding with another four-point run, three of which came from the Panthers hitting the ball into the net. The Mustangs and Panthers tied in three different instances. Li scored the final point with a hit that bounced off a Panther, winning the set for Walnut 25-23.

“I think we deserved [to win]. We worked really hard this season,” outside hitter sophomore Samantha Kozlo said. “Every single time we win or lose, we always got together and we discussed why we lost or why we won. We go over [important points], which [makes] us stronger as a team, and we bond throughout the season. I think that made us better.”

By Jason Wu, Staff writer
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez