West varsity volleyball team reign supreme against Davis

Kayla Goldsby, Opinion Editor

Girls’ volleyball pre-season has come to an end, but that did not stop the varsity team from experimenting new plays and reviving old plays to prepare for their league season this year. The Wolf Pack dominated all three sets against Grace Davis High School of Modesto on September 22 at the Steve Thornton Gymnasium. West completed their third set leading 21-17.

Senior Hannah Lee, outside hitter, served three aces against Davis with 13 service points. In the first set, Lee led West 24-3. Senior, Sarah Weaver, kicked off the second set with four aces and nine service points. Team work was the key to beating Davis in the second set. Weaver received assistance from Senior Kaylah London, junior La-Isha Otto and sophomore Kathlin Martinez. Lee said, “Just to warm up, I start off with easy serves then transition to harder ones just to experiment with my serves, which helps me prepare for league games.”

The third set consisted of three servers, juniors Arielle Villena and Jasmine Angeles and freshman Nicole Brown. Coach Toon said that the dominant first set allowed her to play all the girls on her roster before the end of the match allowing her to analyze and examine plays. Senior Briana Tellier, setter, said, “It was a very slow-paced game, so it gave us a chance to work on our offense and run new plays.” Tellier and juniors Destinee Goodman and Otto provided support at the net. In addition, London and Martinez maintained defense by contributing with seven kills. During the season it will be harder to rotate the entire roster and could refrain some players from performing during a game.

Freshman Vanna Marquez, who had the most assists during the match (11 assists) said, “I’m happy and honored to be on varsity my freshman year and want to do my job as a setter and help my teammates succeed.” Despite being two freshmen on the varsity team, the girls do not feel any disconnect from their 10th, 11th and 12th grade teammates. With the chemistry between the girls so strong, nothing will be able to stop them from conquering this season.