El Estoque

From dream to reality

From dream to reality

Rajas Habbu

September 1, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS

It was February 2016 and I was a freshman, eager to be joining the ranks of the MVHS volleyball team and donning the purple and gold. Throughout tryouts, I’d find myself gazing at the purple championship banners with gold embroidery. There was one there for every sport. Every sport except volleyball. ...

The threepeat

The threepeat

Rana Aghababazadeh, Editor-in-chief

May 22, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game of the Week, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

For the third year in a row, the MVHS boys volleyball team played Bellarmine College Preparatory in the Central Coast Sections at Saint Francis HS, this time in the finals. The boys won their first game against BCP earlier in the season with a score of 3-0 and lost a neutral game at the Bellarmine tourname...

Boys volleyball: MVHS defeats Saratoga HS on senior night

Boys volleyball: MVHS defeats Saratoga HS on senior night

Julia Yang

May 8, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

On May 4, banners and posters decorated the sides of the field house, which buzzed with excitement from family and friends. This day marked senior night for the volleyball team and the last home game of the season against Saratoga HS, a team that MVHS had lost to earlier in the season. Before the gam...

Boys volleyball: MVHS dominates in spotlight by finishing second in San Diego

Boys volleyball: MVHS dominates in spotlight by finishing second in San Diego

Aditya Dash

March 20, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

s the MVHS boys volleyball team arrived in San Diego on March 9, they experienced their own version of an all-star game. Surrounded by some of the best teams in the state, they were ready to compete against the best Southern California had to offer. With minimal expectations for this smaller than ave...

Last week’s rundown of MVHS boys volleyball

Last week’s rundown of MVHS boys volleyball

Rana Aghababazadeh

March 7, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game of the Week, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Sports Editor's Picks, Spring Sports

"Win leagues. Win CCS. Win NorCals." The boys volleyball team has been repeating this phrase consistently for the last three years, yet every year they have fallen short. The team came close last season, with a nearly  undefeated record, but eventually fell to Bellarmine College Preparatory in the ...

Beyond the magazine: One kill after another

Beyond the magazine: One kill after another

Sannidhi Menon

May 30, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, From the magazine, SPORTS, Sports

When the junior boys volleyball team is hosting a game, the varsity team is already on the court preparing for its own match. Each player has their own miniature routine to follow before each match. Across the court is senior captain Prathik Rao, who shoots hoops almost an hour earlier than when he’...

One kill after another: Assistant coach Calvin Wong talks about the volleyball season’s success

One kill after another: Assistant coach Calvin Wong talks about the volleyball season’s success

Om Khandekar

May 12, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, From the magazine, SPORTS

ast year, the boys volleyball team was eliminated from the CCS tournament in a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to Bellarmine College Preparatory. In the semifinals. But in the first match of this season, they dominated BCP 3-0. So far, they are poised to finally win CCS. But no matter how this season panned out f...

Boys volleyball: Team defeats Los Altos HS in senior night game

Boys volleyball: Team defeats Los Altos HS in senior night game

Roshan Fernandez

May 6, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

p against a Los Altos HS team with a 2-10 league record, the Matadors came into their senior night game feeling confident of a win. After a brief ceremony for seniors Prathik Rao and Yash Hegde, MVHS took the court and the players seemed laid back, all smiling and sharing jokes. “I think a lot of us p...

Boys volleyball: No longer undefeated

Boys volleyball: No longer undefeated

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 28, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Update: Shen is defensive as Libero. Rao played in the second set. Clapping sequences followed blocks, not kills. The team has five sophomores.  series of "ooh-ooh ah-ah's" followed by a clapping sequence came from the Homestead High School crowd. It was nearly the end of the last set against HHS ...

Take it from the players: MVHS pushes past Saratoga HS in straight sets

Take it from the players: MVHS pushes past Saratoga HS in straight sets

Om Khandekar

April 25, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game Reviews, SPORTS

It’s not every game that MVHS takes on Mercury News boys volleyball Player of the Year, Joel Schneidmiller, as an opponent. For sophomore Nikhil Bapat, it was a reality he had to face when MVHS went up against Saratoga HS and their dynamic 6-foot 6-inch hitter. For most of the first set, SHS and MVHS ...

Boys volleyball: Coach celebrates 200th career win against Los Altos HS

Boys volleyball: Coach celebrates 200th career win against Los Altos HS

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 17, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS

he MVHS crowd full of attentive parents cheered as sophomore Apoorv Pachori prepared to serve. The Matador bench yelled “push one” with the score at 24-19, and sophomore Gautham Dasari closed the game with a clear kill. This point would not only add on to the Matadors’ league win streak, but wo...

Sports flash: Photos from MVHS athletics

Sports flash: Photos from MVHS athletics

Om Khandekar

April 17, 2017


Filed under Badminton, Baseball, Boys Volleyball, From the magazine, SPORTS, Track & Field

Click on each photo to view further coverage of each sport          ...