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...

The dream team

The dream team

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 playing for my teammates, representing my school — not for a ranking or a trophy. This was the first...

Girls Tennis: Team falls in CCS quarterfinal

Girls Tennis: Team falls in CCS quarterfinal

Anish Vasudevan and Sreya Kumar

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, she nervously awaited the results. The Matadors headed into Thursday’s match against Palo Alt...

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

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 rested on the athletes’ shoulders. "It’s CCS,” Hom said. “If we lose, we're out of the draw. ...

Flying Solo: Senior Meg Niu represents MVHS golf at CCS

Flying Solo: Senior Meg Niu represents MVHS golf at CCS

Aditya Dash

November 14, 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 clubs and swing at the ball, pretending to be a professional. With a passion to get better, Niu commit...

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

Michelle Wong

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 ranking at a three way tie for third place in the league meant that MVHS would have to win all of the...

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

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

Becca Zheng

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 others shoulders to the mat. He blows the whistle and the match is over. The MVHS wrestling team c...

Boys Soccer: Tie between MVHS and Santa Clara HS

Boys Soccer: Tie between MVHS and Santa Clara HS

Becca Zheng

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 for a CCS berth. MVHS started the game off well, opening with a 1-0 lead. Senior Hidetoshi Yoshimura s...