Varsity Girls Volleyball defeats Gunn High School 3-0

Matadors sweep the “Pink Out” game

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Senior and setter Sydney Su goes in for a kill.

Varsity Girls Volleyball won 3-0 against Gunn High School on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the “Pink Out” game aimed towards raising awareness of breast cancer. The team managed to maintain high energy throughout the match according to senior and middle Miranda Shakouri.

Furthermore, senior and setter Krupa Shanware attributes the win to the team’s strong defense, as their efforts to counteract blocks thwarted Gunn’s attempts to score.

“I think our big thing is [that] we activated their blocks,” Shanware said. “When they block it straight down, it’s really hard to get [the ball] up, but it’s something we’ve been working on and I think we’ve been getting a lot better at it.”

Senior and center Sydney Su says that while their defense has been improving, there is still room for growth in terms of communication, noting that “when [teammates] weren’t talking, there were a few collisions.”

Shakouri appreciated the large turnout. She credits the combination of energy from the crowd and the team as a big contributor to the win. 

“Our energy stayed constant throughout the game,” Shakouri said. “I think that’s something that’s definitely hard for us and we [have] struggled with it [in the past]. I liked [the crowd’s] energy, they were loud, and I think that also helped with our energy too.”