Varsity Volleyball Shuts Out McNeil 3-0

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  • During a quick break after their victorious first set, Rachel Cai ’24 and Allie Shepherd ’23 meet on the court. The team then quickly prepared for a fierce second set.

  • Julia Hopkins awaits McNeil’s defensive strike. The team went on to win the set.

  • Just after the team introductions wrapped up, the Lady Warriors run up to greet their opponents. The introductions to Faculty Night shortly followed.

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The Varsity volleyball team competed against the McNeil Mavericks at home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, for Faculty Night. Throughout the night, several teachers were recognized for their hard work. The Warriors ended the night with three consecutive set wins, keeping their undefeated streak alive and marking their third district win.

The Warriors started the first set off strong with three serves by defensive specialist Lola Fernandez ‘23. Fernandez aced the second serve, giving the Warriors an early lead. The rest of the set continued with back-to-back rallies and points from both teams, with the Mavericks calling a time-out at 12-8. When both teams returned, the Warriors utilized their many serves, outwitting the Mavericks with their different angles and hits. The Mavericks called out their second time-out, hoping to resolve the point difference. However, they were unsuccessful as the Warriors won the first set 25-13.

“I just focused on helping my teammates out throughout the game,” Lola Fernandez ‘23 said. 

Soon, the second set began, and both teams were eager to win. Middle blocker Trinity Woods ‘23 made a notable set to left side hitter Julia Hopkins ‘24, who successfully spiked the ball over the net and scored a point for Westwood. McNeil called two time-outs during the duration of the game, hoping to break the Warrior’s momentum while building their own. There were many close rallies that could have turned the game in any direction, but in the end, the Warriors won the second set.

“[We] played pretty well overall,” Trinity Woods ‘23 said. “We let the other team score sometimes and we won’t let that happen next time.”

Both teams were neck and neck for the entire third set. The Warriors pulled ahead with over 20 points, leaving the Mavericks behind with ten. As the Warriors closed in on the game, the Mavericks were charged with desperation and made a comeback. The scoreboard was tied near the end of the game, but at the game point, Woods ended the game with a spike on the right side. Thus, the third set and the entire game was won.

The team will compete against Manor for their next district game on Friday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 P.M.