Junior varsity girls volleyball loses to Mercy High School


Anjay Saklecha

Junior Grace Park anticipates the ball to fall in her hands, as freshman Allison Cartee looks to strike the ball over.

The junior varsity girls’ volleyball team lost their match to Mercy High School at 4:30 p.m. today in the Blackford gym.

Mercy took the lead in the first set with a score of 20-25, but the Eagles fought back and followed with a win in the second set with a score of 25-17. In the third and final set, the two teams were neck and neck with Mercy walking away with a 17-15 win, ending the game with a loss.

Players Nishka Ayyar (9) and Richa Bhattacharya (10) led the team with four service kills and multiple successful passes, respectively.

Xiao Feng, the head coach of the junior varsity team, thought the girls played well and fought for every point on the court.

“The school was a tough team and we worked pretty hard fighting against them today,” Feng said. “First set, we made a couple of mistakes and in the second game, the girls’ kicked off well, back to our normal pace. In the last game, the girls were a bit nervous… but overall, they did a good job.”

Although the Eagles did not win the match, they look forward to upcoming games and practices.

“We’re very spirited and we’re really tight now,” player Katrina Liou (9) said. “At the beginning, we were all very good individual players, but weren’t able to work together as a team. Now, we started being able to bond as full team.”

Richa also discussed developing team camaraderie.

“I feel like as we play as a team, and as we see each other more, and trust each other, we’re coming closer together and it’s really helping us grow,” she said.

The girls will play their next away game at Mercy Burlingame High School on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m.