Varsity Volleyball defeats South Hills

Varsity volleyball defeated South Hills 3-2 in a home league game Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The game was a “pink-out” in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Players from both teams wore pink uniforms, and spectators were encouraged to wear pink to show their support.

South Hills took an early lead during the first set after scoring seven consecutive points. The Mustangs rebounded after setter sophomore Aubrey Tanner served four aces, leading the team to win the first set 25-20. Despite multiple kills by outside hitter captain and senior Amber Johnson, Walnut ended with a defeat 24-26 in the second set.

“We tried to communicate with each other a lot on the court, and we tried to do our regular system which is a pass, set, hit type of [system], so we stay in rotation. [We tried] to be positive whether we [made] mistakes or not,” opposite hitter sophomore Tiffany Chow said. “I think being positive really helps because otherwise, everyone starts getting afraid to take initiative [to hit] the ball and that brings the whole team down as well.”

With the game tied 1-1, the Huskies won the third set by five points. However, the Mustangs recovered after opposite hitter senior Jordyn Sanchez made four blocks and three kills, closing out the fourth set 25-16.

“As a team, we could’ve improved by keeping our energy up the whole game. At times, we kind of fell a little flat. I feel like if we stayed consistent and energetic the whole time, it would’ve made a huge difference. I think we did super well on not giving up, continuing to try our best and being persistent,” Sanchez said.

Walnut and South Hills were tied 2-2, which prompted a tie-breaking fifth set. The Mustangs steadily took a six-point lead after several spikes and tips and defeated the former league champions 15-10 in the final set.

“Communication is key. [Our team did well on] not giving up,” middle blocker and opposite hitter Esther Li said. “I tried my best to line myself up with the outside team, and just to be alert. Everyone was really encouraging. [I learned] not to give up and to fight until the end.”

By Emily Cao, Staff writer
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez