Varsity volleyball secures win on senior night


Anna Vazhaeparambil

The seniors of the varsity volleyball team pose together with their families after the ceremony. This will be the girls’ last home game this season, as they move on to compete in playoffs.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

During a memorable senior night game last Thursday, the varsity girls volleyball team defeated the Notre Dame Regents in three sets, improving their league record to 8-4 and their overall record to 16-8. Cheered on by bleachers filled with students, faculty and parents, the players were able to maintain a strong lead throughout the matches, earning 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19 respectively.

Seniors Lauren Beede, Emily Cheng, Anya Gert, Ashley Jazbec, Carolyn Lu and Tiffany Zhao were honored prior to the game in a special ceremony organized by the rest of the team. Each senior walked with their family members through a human tunnel made by the junior varsity and freshman players. They received flowers and candy necklaces from their teammates before listening to a speech from head coach Theresa “Smitty” Smith.

Above the bleachers, posters were laid out for attendees to write a short message to any of the seniors, and cut-outs of the girls’ faces were also available to wave in support. Players and parents also put up several decorations throughout the gym, as everyone worked hard to organize a successful night for the girls’ last home game this season.

“I’ve played with some of these seniors since seventh grade, and they’ve been my role models for volleyball and so much more since then,” Emma Dionne, a junior on the team, said before the ceremony. “It really means a lot to me that I can truly give back to them for everything they’ve done for me, like guiding me throughout high school and always supporting me.”

With the seniors playing for the majority of the game, every hit, dig or ace the girls made further fed the crowd’s enthusiasm and excitement throughout the night.

“I come to every game. I love all my seniors equally — they’re the best — and [I am here to] support [my] class,” Griffin Crook (12) said after the match.

Carolyn adds how much she appreciated the cheers of support from friends and family, which encouraged the team to play harder and raised the energy level during the three sets. Yet, she admits that she is still unable to fully process that this game was one of her last times playing volleyball as a high-schooler.

“Senior night is historically one of our most important nights of the season. It was super exciting for us personally because I don’t think many of us have wrapped our head around it so far,” she said. “It just hasn’t hit yet that we’re seniors.”

The girls went on to beat Castilleja High School 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and will be competing in the first round of CCS playoffs this Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:00 p.m. Information about their opponents or the location of the match have not yet been released.