Mystery Inc. not enough to solve losing streak for girls’ volleyball

November 3, 2008 — by James Jiang

With the exception of dances and rallies, the walls of the gym are usually bare. On Oct. 29, however, it underwent a transformation as the juniors of the varsity volleyball team tacked up Mystery Inc. and Scooby Doo posters for the senior game.

“That was our theme [for senior night] because there are five seniors, so we tried to find things that were five and Scooby Doo has five people,” said junior Alysia Patel.

The girls played Palo Alto. In the first match, played by all seniors, the girls lost 14-25. The second match, played by the usual starting line up, resulted in a 17-25 loss. In the final match, the Falcons were leading 20-16 until a series of unlucky touches gave Paly the win at 21-25.

The five seniors are Kate Stewart, Kathleen Roberts, Sami Lovelady, Kiersten Dolbec and Katherine Moran.

“I feel very disappointed [that we lost our senior game], but at the same time I feel we advanced fairly well during the season,” said Roberts, who was given the title “Velma” in honor of Scooby Doo.

Dozens of students came to support the team, leaping to their feet and cheering whenever the Falcons scored a point. This loud cheering
gave the girls more incentive to play well, but also created added pressures.

“I get sort of nervous when other people come,” said Patel.,“ but it was nice because we don’t get cheering at many games.”

The team has had a rough season, winning only one league game in the 12 played so far. Even so, they still have a shot of making CCS because of their dominant pre-season play and tournament placings. CCS takes into account some of the tournaments and counts those points.

“I’d feel really awesome [if we go to CCS] and we’d probably do way better,” said Roberts. “We always do better in tournaments.”

Although the girls have not done well in the upper A-league, they have come a long ways in terms of team unity.

“I think a lot of people were thinking individually but we finally started to act like a team towards the end,” said Roberts.

The team has won a total of 20 games, including tournaments and preseason. Their last league game was scheduled for Nov. 4. Due to publication deadlines, the scores are unable to be published.

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