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Girls Volleyball falls to Los Gatos High School 3-2

Girls Volleyball played an intense match against Los Gatos High coming down to a five-set game
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Ananya Chaudhary
Junior Samantha Tong (left) and sophomore Chloe Chen (right) block an incoming spike from LGHS.

In an intense match, Varsity Girls Volleyball faced Los Gatos High School, ultimately succumbing to LGHS 3-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 24. MVHS had a rocky start as LGHS won the first two sets, scoring 25-21 and 25-22, respectively. However, MVHS made a comeback in the following two sets, winning both and scoring 29-27 and 16-14, respectively. This made the fifth and final set of the game the tiebreaker. Both teams maintained a consistent performance that resulted in close scores throughout the set until LGHS pulled ahead, scoring two points more than MVHS and ultimately securing the win.

Having been benched for a sprained ankle, junior and outside hitter Kiana Mark observed the game from the sidelines. Although the game got off to a tumultuous start, Mark believes the team’s resilient spirit allowed them to regroup under pressure and make a comeback. 

“I think my team definitely fought towards the end, but it took us a second to wake up,” Mark said. “Our energy was pretty high as the game went on, and I think we just have to start faster and stay more consistent.”

The absence of Mark, a key player, undoubtedly affected team dynamics. Junior and middle Ashley Yang highlights the impact of this challenge, noting the team’s flexibility in adapting to the circumstances. 

“It’s definitely been hard to deal with because she’s a huge part of our team and she does a lot for us,” Yang said. “But I think our team has done well in stepping up and trying to fill her place, especially Evelyn, who is now stepping up to play outside [hitter] and trying to fill in that spot, which is a huge responsibility.”

Despite the loss, Yang believes the team spirit was independent from the scoreboard. Throughout the game and season, she believes that the team’s spirit has allowed the players to form stronger bonds, allowing everyone to play to their full potential.

“I think [our] cheering really carries the energy and makes sure that if we make a mistake or get down, our team is there to cheer us up and keep us in a positive mood,” Yang said.

About the Contributors
Ananya Chaudhary, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Ananya is currently a junior and Arts & Entertainment editor for El Estoque. She enjoys reading, watching "How I Met Your Mother" (all nine seasons) and going on walks with her dog.
Dahlia Schilling, Features Editor
Dahlia is currently a junior and a Features editor for El Estoque. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her little sisters, and drinking lemonade which her family no longer lets her buy due to the excessive sugar rush it gives her.
Giljoon Lee, Staff Writer

Giljoon Lee is a sophomore and a staff writer for El Estoque. He serves as a danger to himself and his wallet whenever he enters a bookstore. He writes autofiction about automobiles, occasionally.

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