Varsity girls volleyball team falls to Menlo in four sets


Desiree Luo

Juhi Madala (10) jumps to hit the ball. The varsity girls volleyball team will take on Mercy High School today at 5:30 p.m. for Senior Night.

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor

The varsity girls volleyball team fell to Menlo on Tuesday at home 14-25, 18-25, 25-22, 9-25.

Harker fell behind early in the first set and lost by fourteen points after calling a timeout towards the end of the set. The second set was much closer, with Menlo ultimately winning by a margin of seven points. The Eagles trailed early in the third set but took the lead at 16-15 after player Rachel Ning (11) scored a point. Capitalizing on their momentum, the Eagles took the set 25-22.

Team captain and libero Tara Ozdemir (12) expressed her pride in her team’s third set victory.

“[Menlo] is one of the top four teams in the state right now for volleyball, so definitely taking a set out of them [was a highlight]. There were a lot of good plays that happened, too, which we’ve been working on,” Tara said. 

Player Norah Mehanna (9) also noted the team’s cohesiveness and effort during the third set, a large factor in their performance throughout the game. 

““I think that the third set was the highlight of the game because we all worked together as a team. We definitely pushed and fought [during] the entire game,” Norah said. 

Harker initially trailed 3-8 in the fourth set. The Eagle’s efforts brought them up to a score of 7-20, but they ultimately lost 9-25, ending the match. Despite their loss, team members were satisfied with their performance. Tara commended the team’s improvement from previous games.

“Our communication was good overall, and our serving was consistent throughout the entire game, which is something that we’ve struggled with in the past,” Tara said.

The team currently holds a record of 5-17 after falling to Mercy High School in their Senior Night matchup today at 5:30 p.m.