Volleyball Continues Near-Perfect Winning Streak

C. Gilbert

Megan Freeman

In the world of varsity women’s volleyball, the Lady Mats are sitting pretty.  With an 18-game winning streak and only one loss, team captain Haley Sayres ‘10 has only good things to say of the team this year.

“This is the best team I’ve been on in the four years I’ve played here,” said Sayres.  “Last year’s team was great, and finished fifth in California, but I think this year’s team is closer and we work really hard.  I think we’ll go a long way.”

Mary Diamantidis ‘10, another team captain, has an equally optimistic take on the season.

“We should be able to win our league, NCS too, and I think we can get better than fifth in state,” said Diamantidis.

Diamantidis’ first prediction came true on Thursday, Oct. 29, when the team defeated Dublin easily and won the DFAL league title for the second year in a row.

“Now we’re going to NCS because we won our league,” said setter Sarah Vaccaro ’12.  “That’s in late November, and I think we have a good chance at first or second place.”

The team was ranked second in the state on Nov. 2, behind the Campbell Hall Vikings who have only played 14 games this season.

The local TV station Cal-Hi Sports took notice of the team’s excellent standings, and featured them after they defeated Campolindo in late September.  The same station recently featured Diamantidis, giving her the weekly “Hammer Award,” showing a clip of a kill she made.

The Lady Mats crushed Campo for a second time this year on Thursday, Oct. 22. They lost the first match but came back strong and won the next three.

“Having a lot of fans there to cheer us on helps so much,” said Vaccaro.  “We couldn’t have beaten Campo without our cheering section.”

“This season, I don’t think we need to work on anything major,” said middle blocker Maddie Higgins ‘12. “We just need to fine-tune a little bit and work on the tiny things.”

“Actually, we need to work on showing no mercy,” said Sayres.  “We should just crush the bad teams fast.  We take too long to win on some games that should be really easy.”

Over Halloween weekend, the Lady Mats competed in the Northgate Invitational Tournament, winning five straight matches and only losing one game in the semifinals.  They tied for third place out of 32 teams overall in the tournament.

On Thursday, Nov. 5 the team honored their seniors before their last home game against Las Lomas. Results could not be posted by press time.

The Lady Mats will begin this year’s run in the NCS playoffs on Nov. 11.