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Back to back: How boys volleyball overcame immense expectations

Seniors Nikhil Bapat (right) and Gautham Dasari (left) embrace after winning CCS for the first time in program history. The victory over Bellarmine CP came after three consecutive CCS losses to BCP, most recently when BCP beat MVHS in the 2018 final. Photo by Roshan Fernandez.
A year ago the boys volleyball team won NorCals, the highest possible achievement, and with that, the bar for this season was set — anything short of a NorCal Championship would be a disappointment. Winning a championship is hard, but repeating one — that's a whole different story.
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...

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

MVHS wins the game, moving past Amador Valley High School to play Clovis High School in the second round of the NorCal Boys Volleyball Championship.
Boys Volleyball continues their victory streak by winning in three sets against Amador Valley
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...

Recapping boys volleyball’s CCS championship and NorCal playoff run

Recapping boys volleyball’s CCS championship and NorCal playoff run
A look at MVHS’ 2019 season achievements in a timeline
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...

The dream team

The dream team
Reflecting on the victorious MVHS girls tennis season
November 21, 2018

I’ve always played for one reason — myself. Tennis is an individual sport, so all the sacrifices I put into the sport were only for myself. This year, I realized playing on a team meant that I was...

A Change in Plans

A Change in Plans
How California’s poor air quality led the MVHS cross country team to train indoors
November 17, 2018

Girls Tennis: Team falls in CCS quarterfinal

Girls Tennis: Team falls in CCS quarterfinal
Matadors 4-3 loss against Palo Alto HS wraps up their season
November 11, 2018

Sophomore Brooke Young stood beside the tennis courts, sweat dotted her forehead as her eyes stayed fixed on the remaining matches on the court. Needing just three more of her teammates to win their matches,...

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2
Team maintains winning streak by defeating Gunn HS in first CCS match
November 8, 2018

The Matadors huddle together in the center of the court as captains and seniors Cynthia Hom and Leslie Ligier lead the team cheers. Tensions ran high as the weight of qualifying for the upcoming CCS games...

Flying Solo: Senior Meg Niu represents MVHS golf at CCS

Flying Solo: Senior Meg Niu represents MVHS golf at CCS
November 13, 2017

t age seven, Meg Niu could be spotted next to her father on the  golf course holding her very own set of plastic golf clubs and pretending to be a golfer like her dad. She loved to play around with the...

Baseball: MVHS’ win against Fremont HS brings them a step closer to CCS

Baseball: MVHS’ win against Fremont HS brings them a step closer to CCS
May 8, 2017

ith the hot sun beating down on them, the Matadors hit an astounding five runs during the fourth inning, helping them secure a win as they defeated Fremont HS on May 3 with a score of 7-5. Their current...

A Wrestless day: A day in the life of a wrestler

A Wrestless day: A day in the life of a wrestler
March 1, 2017

Their food has been digested, their weigh-ins are complete, and adrenaline pumps through their veins. The referee lays on his stomach, transitioning back and forth as the wrestlers struggle to pin each...

Boys Soccer: Tie between MVHS and Santa Clara HS

Boys Soccer: Tie between MVHS and Santa Clara HS
February 6, 2017

On a rainy Thursday afternoon, with a broken scoreboard, the MVHS boys soccer team was gearing up to compete for a CCS birth. The Matadors needed a win against Santa Clara HS to remain in contention...

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