Varsity Volleyball Wins Against Diamond Ranch

Varsity volleyball defeated Diamond Ranch in a home game, 3-2 on Monday, Oct. 3.

Walnut’s offense and defense was led by setter sophomore Sarah Waggener, who made a total of three kills, three digs, two blocks and three aces. Overall, the Mustangs had seven aces, 39 kills, five tips, 21 digs and 20 blocks.

“Before the game, we were all nervous when we did our huddle, but we were confident that we could win, or at least give them [Diamond Ranch] a hard time in trying to win,” Waggener said.

At the start of the first set, Walnut and Diamond Ranch made points back and forth until Diamond Ranch started to make errors in their serving and hitting. When Diamond Ranch missed a serve, the Mustangs were able to pull away as Waggener hit an ace and a kill, ending the set with a score of 25-21.

During a second set timeout, the Walnut water polo team came in to cheer and support the volleyball team. At the end of the second set, Diamond Ranch took advantage of missed serves and hits from Walnut to end the set with a score of 20-25.

“We didn’t feel it after the first set, but after the second set loss, we definitely felt the pressure of, ‘Okay, we have to bring it back right now because we don’t want to go to five sets.’ We ended up going to five, but that was more than enough for us to get our stuff together,” Waggener said.

In the third set, one of the closest sets of the game, Walnut rallied together by switching up people from a 5-1 setup to a 6-2 setup, which allowed for two more setters to play and the Mustangs to gain a lead with a final score of 25-22.

“We had a new setup that was a little tricky and needed getting used to, but we pulled through in the third set, so we wanted to use it again in the fourth,” Matavao said.

Diamond Ranch won the fourth set with a close 22-25 using a different formation, which allowed for them to hit more serves and returns. In the fifth and final set, Walnut pushed past Diamond Ranch for the win. The finishing rally ended with a kill from senior Jaceylin Tan to set the score at 15-10.

“We [felt] really accomplished because I think this is the first year that we beat Diamond Ranch in about three years, so this is definitely one of our big accomplishments,” middle junior Aya Al Jurashi said.

By Tristan Gonzalez, Staff writer
Photo by Richard Zhang