Women’s Volleyball Starts Off Year With Bang

Trevor Rechnitz

After a successful ‘09-‘10 season, placing third in NCS, Miramonte women’s volleyball lost five key seniors and needs a year to rebuild.

However, after wins against Acalanes and Alhambra, the Mats are 2-0 in DFAL, a postive start to the regular season.
According to Sarah Vaccaro ‘12, “we outplayed the Dons and Bulldogs, and the team as a whole looked really good, especially our starters.”

“Losing players is always hard,” said Vaccaro. “But we’re not last year’s team, and we’re going to work hard to make a new name for ourselves.”

“We really have to step our game up,” said Jane Siri ‘11. “Two of last year’s seniors are playing Division I college volleyball. We have big shoes to fill.”

To accomplish their goal of trying to compete without these players, Lady Mats volleyball revolves around hard work and practice.
“Practices are intense,” said Vaccaro. “We have a lot of raw talent that needs to be developed.”

With a tough schedule ahead of them, team captains Siri and Kirsten Rutledge ‘11 are in charge.

“Being a captain just makes me want to play better,” said Siri. “But it also means I need to make sure everyone on the team is doing their job.”

The Mats are scheduled for five tournaments this year, an increase of two from last year. Tournaments are played on Friday and give the team a chance to play teams in different leagues.

The team is out to defend its DFAL title, but with three improved teams in their league, this could be a challenge.

After a loss to Branson High School, the Mats went 2-4 in the Deer Valley tournament, but ended up taking first in the consolation bracket.

“We need tournaments like this to build team chemistry, win or lose,” said Siri.

“I really think this team has what it takes to win NCS,” said Vaccaro.