Volleyball Climbs Up League Standings

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Vacarro rallies the team as they huddle together before another volley.

Annie Odell, Business Manager

The girl’s varsity volleyball team has continued the season with a nearly undefeated league record. Recently, on Oct. 4 the team beat Las Lomas within five games scoring 25-20 in the first, 25-22 in the second, 23-25 in the third, 20-25 in the fourth and 15-9 in the fifth. On Oct. 6, the Mats beat Acalanes within 3 games scoring 25-9 in the first, 25-19 in the second, and 25-20 in the third.

“These matches were awesome for us. We had a battle versus Las Lomas, but we stayed together to pull out the win. After we beat the Knights, we continued our play and defeated Acalanes, a strong DFAL team, in three games,” said Captain Sarah Vacarro ‘12.

The team struggled in their only loss this season against rival Campolindo on Oct. 11, which marked the team’s halfway point in DFAL. The Mats have played each team once with a cumulative 5-1 DFAL record. “Our mindsets are different now,” Vacarro says. “We are learning from our loss versus Campolindo, and fixing our mistakes”.

Although the game did not go in the Mats’ favor, the team has used the chemistry built up between the players o far in the year to bounce back effectively. “We are working even harder at practice, and focusing in on our mindsets,” said Vacarro.

Head Coach Shannon Ross has worked with the team for the past three seasons. “She uses energetic intensity to support us and help us play to our best potential,” said Vacarro.
The team practices every weekday when they are not competing in a game, focusing mainly on defense, and controlling our side of play. Not only do they sharpen their skills, but they concentrate specifically on preparing for the teams that they compete against that weak.
Both Maddie Goodreault ‘14 and Maddy Miller ‘14 have become new assets to the Mats varsity team. Goodreault plays outside hitter and Miller plays middle blocker. “They work incredibly hard every day at practice, and definitely deserve their spots. I love their positive attitudes. They bring such a great energy to our team,” said Vacarro.

The team’s goal is to win DFAL. In order to do so, they are working on improving both their defense and attacking. “We are an aggressive team, controlling our side of the net and always staying together” said Vacarro.

“The best part of our team is that we always have fun and get along. We hold each other accountable, but we always support each other. I am so glad to be a part of this team,” said Vacarro.