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Girls volleyball team finds success in Chandler Invitational tournament

Beginning league play in early September, the girls volleyball team is undefeated. Their main goal now is to have it remain that way.

The girls defeated Homestead High School in their first league game of the season on Thursday, Sept. 6, 3-0. Coach Benji Saetang said he was very proud of this result.

“They are all talented and skilled players. They are starting to mold into the team I had visioned.”

Benji Saetang

Between league games, the players attended the Chandler Invitational tournament, where they played five teams.

The girls won four out five games, losing only to Sacred Heart 2-1.

A notable match for the girls was a victory against Menlo Atherton High School, a team they had lost to previously this season.

“[We] came back and defeated MA after they beat us in a pre-season match, but unfortunately we lost to Sacred Heart Prep and MA took first,” junior Grace Thayer said. “We know what we have to do looking forward and we played some of our best volleyball in the MA game.”

Coach Saetang expresses a similar stance.

“There is still a lot of work to be done,” Saetang said. “However, the team understands that working hard, putting out 100 percent effort in playing the sport of volleyball, and performing their specific jobs on the court comes first.” 

Post tournament league games resumed on Sept. 18 when the team faced Los Altos High School, winning 3-1 and continuing their hot streak.

Promptly afterward at a match with Los Gatos High School, the girls won 3-0.

According to senior captain Mallory Kuppe, the team sees itself in a good place at the moment.

“The team is in a great spot confidence wise and we have really been performing well these past couple of games.”

Mallory Kuppe

The girl’s volleyball team plans to keep up their positive attitude and rigorous practice to maintain this.

“Training has been great, because the more we play together we play together as a team, the better we get,” Kuppe said. “I’m loving this season so far and I think it’s safe to say the rest of the team is too.”

Coach Saetang re-emphasized how large a role mental stability and team unity play in performance.

“The girls have been working hard on their mental toughness and team bonding off the court,” Saetang said. “When the team does this, the wins will come.

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