Varsity Volleyball Sweeps Vista Ridge Rangers 3-0

By Camille Marshall, Photographer

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  • Kenzie Beckham '21 jumps in the air and strikes the ball. The play occurred in the second set of the game where the Warriors triumphed over the Rangers with a score of 25-17.

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  • Zoe Menendez '20 high fives all the veterans and first responders at the game. Every year the volleyball team hosts "Heroes Night" where they support local veterans and first responders by calling them to their game.

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  • Focused in, Maddie Gillispie' 20 bumps the ball. Having to keep the ball in the air is stressful but once you succeed it is a great feeling. "I was super excited because hard hits are hard to get up but I was super excited," Gillispie said.

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  • Kenzie Beckham '21 sets the ball for Mckayla Ross '22. Ross was able to strike the ball which led the a point for the Warriors. "I am really proud of our fight, we kept on going, no matter what the score was we kept on pushing," Beckham said.

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  • Jumping, Audrey Quesnel '20 blocks the ball. Quesnel successfully blocked the ball, but the Rangers quickly reacted by sending the ball back to the Warriors.

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  • Right side setter Zoe Menendez '20 attempts to block the incoming ball. Although she was unable to pass the ball back, Maddie Gillispie '20 bumped the ball back to Vista Ridge.

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  • Audrey Quesnel' 20 and Abby Gregorczyk' 21 leap into the air to try and stop the ball from coming over the net. The team has a great system set in place to help the middles with doing their job. "We have a pretty good scouting report we talked about before the game so we usually have an idea on what they are going to run," Quesnel said.

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  • Kenzie Beckham '21 sets the ball for Mckayla Ross '22. The play ended in a point for the warriors bumping the score to 25-19. "I think as a team we all did really well and our energy was very high tonight, and we really just played as one," Beckham said.

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  • Reaching, Zoe Menendez '20 spikes the ball back to the Rangers. The play ended in the point for the Warriors as the Rangers were unable to save the ball.

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  • Flying in the air to spike the ball Zoe Menendez' 20 is doing what she does best. Always ready and at the net tonight Menendez was constantly calculating about how to make her move. "I tend to think about what scour is the best and what get's that team," Menendez said.

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The varsity volleyball team swept the Vista Ridge Rangers 3-0 on Friday, Sept. 20. The game day theme was “Heroes Night”, which was dedicated to police officers, veterans, and the military. 

“It’s about all our heroes, the people that have served, who’ve sacrificed themselves and put themselves on the line to save others,” Kenzie Beckham ‘21 said.

Starting the first set off strong, Maddie Gillispie ‘20 aced the Rangers, taking the first point. Following her serves, Audrey Quesnel ‘20, Zoey Menendez ‘20, and Erin Fagan ‘22 pushed the points with kills from the front row. The Lady Warriors stopped Vista Ridge’s offensive plays when Gillispie repeatedly dug up the ball, and Quesnel and McKayla Ross ’22 stopped their hits with blocks. The Warriors ended the first set 25-19.

“For our blocking, we were doing well on getting lined up and pressing,” Ross said.

The Rangers started the second set off with a serve, but they lost the point when their middle blocker was in the net. Quesnel and Menendez kept gaining points when they hit through the Rangers’ blockers. Beckham kept the opponent off balance as she scored multiple dumps from the front row, and the Lady Warriors took the second set 25-17.

“Our hitting went very well tonight,” Abby Gregorczyk ‘21 said. “We were good at placing our hits and making the other team sideout a lot.”

Gillispie started the third set off with an ace, quickly picking up the team’s rhythm. The Lady Warriors offense repeatedly placed kills between the Rangers’ defense, gaining points fast. The Rangers managed to gain their first point when Menendez made a hitting error. Lola Fernandez ‘23 replaced Menendez’s back row and served. Fernandez got multiple aces and carried the team, nearing the end of the set. Towards the end of the third set. the Rangers caught up as Anna King ‘20 and Madeleine Shrull ‘21 couldn’t keep the ball in the court. Peyton Ferree ‘22 stopped the Rangers with a block, quickly ending the final set 25-9.

“My teammates were so support[ive] of me tonight,” Fernandez said. “I love playing with them and I have a really good time on the court.”

The Lady Warriors will soon face off against the Leander Lions on Tuesday, Sep. 24 at Leander High School.