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Junior varsity girls volleyball triumphs over Pinewood in two sets

Claire Zhao
Setter Emma Lee (9) sets the ball to the middle during the match against Pinewood on Sept. 12. “[I’m looking forward to] getting more skilled, learning more about my position and also becoming better friends with all of my teammates,” Emma said.

The junior varsity girls volleyball team defeated Pinewood 25-8, 25-21 in a home game on Sept. 12.

The Eagles started the first set strong, leaving little space for the Panthers to catch up. Pinewood missed the first serve and outside hitter Riya Samuel (9) served an ace for the second point, followed by six consecutive kills from other teammates. Pinewood managed to earn two points, but libero Alexis Leo (9) served two more aces in a row, bringing the score to 11-2. Continuing the Eagles’ pace, setter Emma Lee (9) set backwards to opposite hitter Stephanie Bossolina (11), who scored a kill for 12-2. Setter Yifan Li (11) and outside hitter Cynthia Wang (9) closed out the set with two aces for the Eagles at 25-8.

During the second and final set, both teams spared no effort in keeping the ball airborne. Outside hitter Alison Yang (11) tipped the ball over the net for 1-1, followed by two consecutive aces for 3-1. The Panthers caught up to the Eagles at a score of 15-13, leading to a time-out so the Eagles could briefly rally each others’ spirits. After the intermission, the two teams continued to grapple fiercely with each other, tying at 16-16 and later 21-21. In a riveting moment, middle hitter Eden Kelly (10) tipped the ball over the net to earn a kill, and Alison added to the winning streak by scoring two more aces. The teams engaged in a final back-and-forth before the set ultimately ended at 25-21.

Head junior varsity volleyball coach Danielle Buis expressed her excitement about the win, especially with some of the players situated in new positions. Under Buis’s instruction, Emma played as an opposite hitter instead of her usual position as a starting setter. Though it was an unexpected change, her other teammates supported her warmly.

“I talked to Emma last minute in the middle of the first game, and she just walked right out of there and did a phenomenal job,” Buis said. “The folks who have been here longer were able to bring a sense of consistency so that players who were playing new positions could try new things, make mistakes and learn from that.”

Emma performed better than she thought she would, despite her initial nerves. In the first set, she was especially proud of her backset to Stephanie.

“I was a bit hesitant at first, because I’m not really used to the rotations,” Emma said. “[I’m looking forward to] getting more skilled, learning more about my position and also becoming better friends with all of my teammates.”

The team, which currently holds a 3-0 league record, will play at The King’s Academy on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Audrey Cheng
Audrey Cheng, Reporter
Audrey Cheng (11) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is their second year on staff. This year, they hope to improve their interview and conversational skills and to be more efficient with writing. In their free time, they enjoy listening to music by K-Pop group Billlie, learning languages, and staring at their code editor.
Claire Zhao
Claire Zhao, Co-STEM Editor
Claire Zhao (11) is the co-stem editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. This year, Claire hopes she can get to know everyone on the journalism staff and make her interviews more conversational and open. In her free time, she likes doing photography, collecting cute stationery and ranting about her favorite media.

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