Volleyball continues to dominate on the court

Through rigorous training, tight-knit teamwork and competitive schedules, both the varsity and junior varsity (JV) girls volleyball teams continue to drive winning records this season.

The varsity girls volleyball team has started the season off strong with five wins and two losses.

“One of our biggest strengths on our team is our middle blockers: Mia Gibbs, Isabella Marcus and Trisha Razdan,” said Susanna Limb, senior team captain and libero. “They close the block which makes it easier for the defense and they score a lot of our points.”

The team has ended most games without its opponent scoring, even when they competed against extremely skilled teams, such as Menlo School and Gunn High School, according to junior Mallory Kuppe, the team’s outside hitter and defensive specialist.

“The toughest game was definitely the game [against Menlo School], because we really left everything on the court and powered through to win in three sets, even though Menlo is a really solid team,” Kuppe said.

The varsity team has worked cohesively to improve its tactics and win each game, according to Kuppe.

“Every practice we’ve had has been super focused on the mistakes we make as a team, so we have gradually been getting better and better”

Mallory Kuppe

These practices have paid off, and have truly impacted the team’s overall performance.

“[Winning] felt very rewarding because we worked hard during practice and had a good game strategy,” Limb said.

The JV girls have also felt an increased sense of teamwork according to sophomore and opposite hitter Chloe Laursen.

“Everyone contributes to each win and is important for each game,” Laursen said.

The JV record is 6-1, only losing to St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

Members of both teams say the significant aspect they must improve on is maintaining their abilities throughout the matches.

“One thing we need to work on is keeping a consistent level of energy and skill level no matter who our opponent is or what the score is,” Kuppe said.

Both teams will play Homestead High School on Oct. 5 and Los Gatos High School on Oct. 10. The team is looking to keep up their hot-streak.

“We look forward to crushing the competition and hopefully winning league,” Limb said. “We’re also really excited to play in the new gym because a lot of fans come out to support us.”

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