Varsity volleyball falls in CIF Quarterfinals

Varsity volleyball lost to Vistamar High School 0-3 in the California Interscholarship Federation (CIF) quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 30 at home. 

The Mustangs started the first set with middle blocker senior Jordyn Sanchez defending the ball to win the first point. However, the Vikings went on a five-point run, prompting varsity coach Angela McElroy to call a timeout. With a kill from outside hitter senior Amber Johnson, the Mustangs ended the Vikings’ run to set the score to 5-11. The Mustangs made defensive errors resulting in the first set ending 16-25 after the Vikings tooled their block.

“I was a little nervous [coming into the game] because I knew they were a really good team and I knew we would have to work a lot harder to beat them,” libero freshman Angelina Rodriguez said. “I was kind of mad because I knew we could’ve played a lot better and harder. It just made me want to work a lot harder going into the next sets.”

Walnut started off the second set, winning the first three points. After outside hitter sophomore Aubrey Tanner scored from a kill, middle blocker senior Emily Chan went on a three-point serving run with Walnut leading 11-6. Vistamar tied up the score 15-15 after a hitting error from Tanner. After continuous rallies,Walnut lost the second set 20-25. 

“I was kind of disappointed. We were unable to keep our momentum,” setter junior Eliza Cristobal said. “It was just the little things that got to us, but overall I think we still had a lot of energy. But then, we [fell] flat.”

With a missed serve from the Vikings, the Mustangs won the first point of the third set. Following a kill from Sanchez, the Vikings called a timeout with the score at 12-7. The Vikings attained their first lead of the set 12-13 after a hit from their outside. The Mustangs struggled defensively, unable to get the first pass of the play. The Mustangs lost the third set 18-25 after a setter dump from their opponent, ending their 2019 season.

“It was nerve-wracking to see the score increase on the guest side,” opposite hitter sophomore Tiffany Chow said. “I felt sad that we lost, but I felt proud of our team for making it all the way to quarterfinals. We were the only team in the Hacienda League in CIF by Round 2, and our hard work really showed throughout each game.”

By Freda Lei, Staff writer
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez