Junior varsity boys volleyball team loses to Monta Vista in three-set thriller


Sydney Ling

The team races to hug one another as they jump up and down in excitement, after their comeback in the second set. The Eagles played two close sets after their initial setback in the first.

by Sydney Ling, Reporter

The junior varsity boys volleyball team lost to the Monta Vista Matadors at home, 12-25, 25-23, 13-15 on Mar. 16. 

The Eagles fell behind dramatically in the first set, losing 12-25. The team rebounded in the second set, pulling ahead of the Matadors for a hardfought 25-23 victory.

“My favorite part about today’s game is probably coming back from the big deficit in the first set,” libero Jordan Labio (10) said. “But we still really wanted to win in the second and third sets, when it was really close, and we actually won the second set, so I’m really proud of that.

Monta Vista ultimately prevailed in the third set, but the team demonstrated their resilience and competitive edge. 

“We started playing smarter the second set. I loved it. We adapted,” junior varsity boys volleyball head coach Artem Kosikov said to the team after the game.

Defensive specialist Jacob Smith (9) believes the team can communicate more during games.

“We can get better [at] communication, and be a lot more in sync with each other,” Jacob said.

Kosikov, who is in his first year coaching at Harker, ended the pep talk by praising his team for their unrelenting effort and willingness to swing away in tight situations.

“We went out, we swung at the ball,” Kosikov said. “So keep your heads up, the losses and wins don’t really matter, what matters is you go out there and hit that ball. You kids showed to me that you wanted to win, so this was a win in my book.”

The team then lost 0-2 to Homestead on March 18, 1-2 to Los Gatos on March 23 and 0-2 to Cupertino this past Friday. They will face Lynbrook tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.