Varsity girls volleyball team falls to Castilleja


Kinnera Mulam

The varsity girls volleyball team huddles up after a point in the first set. The girls lost 16-25, 15-25, 17-25.

by Kinnera Mulam and Ananya Sriram

The varsity girls volleyball team lost to Castilleja at home yesterday 16-25, 15-25, 17-25.

The team called a timeout ten minutes into the first set before continuing to play and ending the set with 16 points. After a three minute break between sets, they proceeded to the second set, where they fought hard but ended with 10 points less than Castilleja. The team continued to battle in the third set. They led the game until Castilleja caught up and tied the score at 15-15, after which Castilleja went on a 10-2 run to seal the match.

Despite the result, varsity volleyball head coach and middle school athletic director Theresa Smith is proud of her team’s resilience and unwavering effort through the match.

“I was proud that we battled back in [set] three. I was happy that [we] didn’t give up,” Smith said.

Player Navya Samuel (9) noted her proudest moment as her dive for the ball in the second set. 

“During practice, I’m known for not moving my feet which I have to run liners and gassers for, so I’m just really proud for hitting the floor and getting there on my feet,” Navya said.

Player Liza Shchegrov (12) pointed out serving and receiving as areas in which the team can improve going forward.

“I think that we’re always working hard on serving and receiving in our practices because serving is just one of those things that is really difficult,” Liza said. “We’re [also] just looking to have fun at practice since the season is almost over.”

Smith speaks on how her team will persevere and grow over time as they play more games together.

“You just keep trying to get better every day, every practice, every match,” Smith said. “We just try to get better every day, as we’re moving along, trying to learn something every day and trying to do something better today than we did yesterday.

The team will face Sacred Heart Preparatory School in an away game at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday.