El Estoque

Back to back: How boys volleyball overcame immense expectations

Back to back: How boys volleyball overcame immense expectations

Roshan Fernandez and Kamyar Moradi

May 22, 2019

elief — that’s what Coach Paul Chiu felt last year when the boys volleyball team took home its first major championship. He says it was delightful to watch everyone celebrate the NorCal Championship — the parents, the athletes, the community all rejoicing in the heat of the moment. But beyond th...

Boys Volleyball beats Amador Valley in the first round of NorCal Volleyball Championships

Boys Volleyball beats Amador Valley in the first round of NorCal Volleyball Championships

Ayah Ali-Ahmad and Collin Qian

May 17, 2019

Up 25-14 in the third set, the Monta Vista gym floor shook as senior Nikhil Bapat leaped into the air. The sound of a loud clap, created by Bapat’s game-ending kill, triggered loud cheers and stomps from the crowd—sending the MVHS Boys Volleyball team past Amador Valley High School (AVHS) and on to th...

Recapping boys volleyball’s CCS championship and NorCal playoff run

Recapping boys volleyball’s CCS championship and NorCal playoff run

Roshan Fernandez

May 12, 2019

itting on the left-most side of the bench, Coach Paul Chiu clicked his pen rapidly. On, off, on, off — he kept doing it, paying close attention to his players on the court.   It was the third set of the CCS Championship, and his team had nearly made history by winning CCS for the first time in th...

Boys volleyball wins league championship on their senior night

Boys volleyball wins league championship on their senior night

Rucha Soman, Kamyar Moradi, and Herman Saini

May 7, 2019

With the MVHS Boys Volleyball’s legacy reaching its peak with their win at the Norcal Championship last year, this years seniors tried to close out their final regular season with a bang. MVHS hasn’t lost a home game for the past two years. But on their senior night and last home league game, th...

Boys volleyball: MVHS defeats Cupertino HS 3-0

Boys volleyball: MVHS defeats Cupertino HS 3-0

Kamyar Moradi and Stuti Upadhyay

April 25, 2019

It was Friday before break as the MVHS boys volleyball team faced off against CHS. Parents and fellow students lined the bleachers as the confident Matadors team prepared to face their division rival, the CHS Pioneers. Although MVHS was facing a team with a sub .500 record in their league, it was ...

Boys Volleyball: Matadors triumph in 3-0 victory against Homestead HS

Boys Volleyball: Matadors triumph in 3-0 victory against Homestead HS

Charlotte Chui, Sreya Kumar, and Rucha Soman

April 11, 2019

n the first game of the season, the Matadors played against Homestead HS, and though they came away with a win, MVHS ended the game with a score of 3-1, giving up one set to HHS. The Matadors met HHS on the court again on March 10, for the second time this season. While the first and second sets dragge...

Boys volleyball: MVHS beats Saratoga HS in straight sets

Boys volleyball: MVHS beats Saratoga HS in straight sets

Gauri Kaushik and Anish Vasudevan

March 25, 2019

Last year, the MVHS boys volleyball team had an almost perfect season, with a league record of 15-2. However, the Matadors faced an unprecedented loss to Saratoga HS in a tight game that went to five sets. On March 20, MVHS faced off against SHS once more, looking for revenge. MVHS started off strong of...

From dream to reality

From dream to reality

Rajas Habbu

September 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

"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 ...