JV Volleyball Can’t Quite Crush The Rock

By Rosie Deal and Ruhee Nemawarkar

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  • Peyton Ferree ‘22 prepares to bump the ball.

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  • The JV Orange girls celebrate after scoring a point against the Dragons.

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  • The JV Orange girls walk off the court after finishing their match.

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  • The JV Orange team joins together to plan to defeat Round Rock.

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  • The JV Orange team reorganizes after a point.

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JV Orange Slips Under Round Rock 2-0

The JV Orange team lost a tough game to Round Rock High School on Friday, Sept. 28. The girls fought hard, but came out losing with a score of 2-0 against the Dragons.

The Lady Warriors led the beginning of the first set, but fell behind. Erin Fagan ‘22 had a strong roll shot and Peyton Ferree ‘22 had spikes that added points for the Lady Warriors. Despite the strong start, they fell behind and lost the set 25-19.

“I think in the beginning we were doing great,” Fagan said. “Then they came back and got us during two or three runs.”

The second set started with the Dragons grabbing points. The girls fought back but couldn’t quite manage to catch up. However, they kept cheering for each other no matter the score.

“I think we did do a good job encouraging each other,” Giselle Kiefer ‘22 said. “However, we weren’t playing at our best.”

Even though the girls didn’t win their game, it was still an important night to them. Friday’s game was their annual Dig Pink game for breast cancer awareness.

“Dig Pink was a night that helped support women and anyone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Ferree said. “We had raffles going on that donated money to the Austin Diagnostics Clinic to help find a cure.”

The Lady Warriors really showed off their teamwork against the Dragons and showed how strong their fight is. Delaney Willing ‘21 blocked several of the Dragons’ attempted hits and Sara Sagues ‘21 dove to save the ball, but the Warriors couldn’t manage to scrape a win.

“The game on Friday was one of the best games because it was against our rival,” Ferree said. “We fought to the very end and even though we didn’t come out on top, we still came out strong and ready [to] fight.”

The Lady Warriors face off against the Stony Point Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

JV White Team Falls to Round Rock 2-1

On Friday, Sept. 28, the JV White team demonstrated solid offense while playing the Round Rock Dragons, but lost 2-1.

In the first set, the Warriors were down in points with the Dragons taking the lead. The Warriors attempted to close the gap with aggressive spikes from Lauren Kelley ‘21 and Bella Garcia ‘21. There were many tough dives from Izzy Correll ‘22 and Abbey Jennings ‘22. However, the Warriors ended up falling short with a result of 25-6. Despite that, the loss of the first set didn’t bring the Lady Warriors down.

“As a whole, I think we have a good mindset,” Jennings said. “We just need to keep our energy up and stay positive throughout the whole season.”

The Warriors fought back in the second set, maintaining a lead on the Dragons throughout. The players put their hearts into this match, including Kenna Williams ‘22 and Emma Marsden ‘21, who both had multiple blocks and kills. Catherine Ray ‘22 also scored a few points with kills, while Correll consistently made diving saves. This set was a success for the Lady Warriors, ending with a score of 25-22.

“Our consistency is something we can improve on, for sure,” assistant coach Lanea Meyer said. “We have to learn how to play a game from start to finish.”

At the beginning of the third set, the Warriors were down 5-1. There were still constant dives and saves from Correll and Marsden. Ellie Duff ‘22 also made some solid dives. As the Dragons were nearing 25 points, the Warriors resisted an immediate win from them. Williams blocked and scored a couple of points with kills, along with Garcia scoring a point with a spike. The set ended with a result of 25-11 in favor of the Dragons.

“We definitely need to work on communication,” Duff said. “But overall, I definitely think we’ve improved.”

The JV White team’s next game will be against the Stony Point Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 2.