Volleyball Smashed by the Wildcats


BALDWIN PARK, CA– On Tuesday, October 11, the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team was defeated by the Wilson Wildcats on Braves Territory. The Lady Braves, although close to winning the final two sets, ultimately lost three consecutive sets. The match was very intense as both teams were neck to neck and they all put forth their best efforts.

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“In today’s game, our strength was our serves. We dominated with many aces, but we had to include defense in order to win the game,” BPHS senior Jennifer Aguilar expressed. “My coach always says ‘We win games through offense, but we win championships with defense.’ In my opinion, my teammates and I have lost the strive to keep the ball off the floor. We don’t communicate and are inconsistent at times. It takes everyone’s effort to make that happen. Everyone’s contribution helps.”

The Wildcats were very spirited. Both the home side and the opponent’s side created a student section to cheer on the girls. Friends and parents occupied the stands to watch and support BPHS. The Girls’ Volleyball team also sold Cup of Noodles and other small snacks in the gym.

The Lady Braves started off slowly at the start of the set. Somehow, within the first six minutes, the girls were behind 10-1. However, BPHS senior Alexis Munoz’s serves later won BPHS a total of three consecutive points, all aces. Aguilar’s serving skills were also put into use as well. With teamwork, the Lady Braves tried to redeem themselves. Unfortunately, a few misses cost the Lady Braves the first set, 25-13.

The second set was a complete comeback for the Lady Braves. The teams were tied, 7-7, until the Lady Braves’ strong returns during a lengthy back and forth allowed them to gain a small lead, 8-7. However, the Wildcats were able to regain the lead later in the set. They continuously blocked the ball right at the net, getting the score from 18-18 to 20-18. The Wildcats hits became stronger near the end of the set while the Lady Braves kept hitting out, gaining points for their opponents. The Lady Braves lost the second set, 25-20.

The girls continued to give the game their all, despite losing the first two sets. The Wildcats held a small lead throughout the third set, but there was still hope for the Braves. Wilson’s weak passes and Aguilar’s clean hits brought the score to 16-14, still leaving the Braves a bit behind. The Wildcats once again used their near-net blocks to keep their lead, 20-16. Consecutive ball drops by the fatigued BP girls widened the gap even more, 23-18. A final hit out by the girls ended the set with a Wilson victory, 25-19, and an overall match victory, 3-0.

“Our opponent had its flaws just like any other team. But they knew how to communicate with each other, something we didn’t do,” commented Aguilar on her team’s loss.

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