Girls Volleyball loses to Mountain View High School 3-2

Matadors experience a loss of momentum after winning first two sets


Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Senior Krupa Shanware serves the ball to start a rally.

Lauren Chuu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Varsity Girls Volleyball fell to Mountain View High School 3-2 on Sept. 23 during its third league game, bringing its overall league record to 1-2. While the Matadors took the lead after winning  the first two sets with respective scores of 25-23 and 25-22, they fell short and lost the next three sets with scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 15-8. 

Senior Krupa Shanware recognizes that during this game, Monta Vista High School was able to “come together as a team,” which allowed them to make a comeback during the first set, even though they were initially down 17-9. Although the second set was tight, the team was able to win 25-22, which Head Coach Nicki Ezatagha believes was possible due to players “moving the ball and creating space to swing.”

The Matadors continued to be neck-to-neck with Mountain View High School during the third set, but ultimately lost the set after the opponent managed to obtain a two point lead. The next two sets followed suit, with the Matadors falling slightly behind in each. 

“In the last three sets, we were not as reactive,” Ezatagha said. “[Mountain View High School] really capitalized on that by putting the ball short in front of us a lot, so I think that led to our downfall.”


Shanware also notes that the Matadors had faced off against Mountain View High School and lost during the CCS finals last season, so she commends the team for performing well during the first half of the game. She also adds that the team knew what it was going against and the players tried their best to prepare mentally.

“Mountain View was a really strong mental game,” Shanware said. “They yell at you and say anything [to] get in your head and I think that’s something that they practice and they’re really good at it. So it definitely got in our heads [and] made us a lot weaker [towards] the end.”