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JV Orange Volleyball Triumph Over McNeil 2-0

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  • With pride and enthusiasm the Lady Warriors huddle up and celebrate their point versus McNeil. The Lady Warrior offense remained strong and finished off the Mavericks a few points later.

  • Observing her serve Lilly Toledo ́26 shoots and watches her ball fly across the court. The serve earned the point and increased the Lady Warriors’ lead over the Mavericks on homecoming.

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On Friday, Oct. 13, the JV Orange volleyball team knocked out the McNeil Mavericks with a 2-0 sweep. The Lady Warriors kept a strong lead throughout the whole game leading them to a sound win.  Although the Lady Warriors swept the Mavericks they believe that there is always something you can improve on. 

¨[We could improve on our] communication [after this game],” Ruby Portilla  ́27 said. ¨I think we could’ve been more talkative.”

In the first set, although through the first couple of points the score remained close, eventually the offense picked up and the Lady Warriors were scoring fast, gaining a big lead over the Mavericks, and leaving no chance for the Mavericks to catch up. Sets from Dhiya Balajee ‘26 and Caroline Kiefer ‘26 coupled with multiple key aces and spikes contributed to a bulk of the lead. When the score reached 24-16 the Mavericks attempted to make a comeback with only one point left to give, but it was short lived, ending the set with the Lady Warriors winning 25-17. 

Success and volleyball has always been inside the Lady Warrior’s blood, and for most of the players, which contributes to their abilities on the court brining in a lot of outside experience and inspiration from other places.

¨My dad [got me into volleyball], he plays a little bit of sand for fun and he kinda just put me into it,¨ Chaitra Surapaneni ´27 said.

During the second set the Lady Warriors kept their momentum and their big lead. As soon as the first couple points in the set it was clear the Lady Warriors would quickly finish out the game. Emily Xue ’27 was on a serving streak and had made multiple quick saves by diving. Lila Wellington ’27 ended off the set hitting the winning point with an ace. The Lady Warriors soon came out victorious over the Lady Mavericks, 25-17.

The Lady Warriors will play again on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5:30, versus Manor High School on their home court.

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Maddy Yendle, Reporter
Class of 2026 I have always had a passion for writing and poetry, which is one of the reasons that I am elated to be a part of Student Press this year. Other activities I love are art, rewatching Gilmore Girls, listening to music, and reading.

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