Braves Conquered by Vikings


BALDWIN PARK, CA — On Monday, October 24, Baldwin Park’s Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team lost against the Northview Vikings at home on Senior Night with a score of

“Before the game, my hopes were undetermined, but I did know something was up,” commented senior Jennifer Aguilar. “I felt nervous, maybe because we were going up against the #1 team in our league or it could’ve been that it was my last high school game. No matter what happens, I will be grateful for all the games we won and for all the learning lessons.”

The first set of the match began with the Lady Braves taking on an early lead, 4-2. Their lead did not last long when the Vikings caught up and began to pull further ahead, leading 17-16. Later on, with three ace serves by Alexis Muñoz, the Braves brought the score to 21-19 with the Vikings still in the lead. The Braves eventually tied with the Vikings and won the first set with a score of 25-23.

The Vikings took the early lead in the second set with a score of 7-5. The Vikings maintained this lead throughout most of this set until Stephanie Arteaga tied the match at 22-22 with two ace serves. The set took a nail-biting turn as each team put point after point on the scoreboard, but the Vikings ultimately won the set with a score of 26-24.

The third set started off unluckily for the Braves when they lost player Stephanie Arteaga to an injury early on in the set. However, the Braves continued to fight and pulled ahead, winning the set with a score of 25-19.newww

The fourth set was an exciting set for both teams and especially the crowd near the end of the set. Beginning with a 10-10 tie, the Braves and the Vikings alternated in putting points on the scoreboard, neither able to pull ahead. However, the Braves took a lead when the score reached 27-26, needing only one more point to take the set. When it seemed as if the Braves finally got this final point, the referee called a double fault, which was challenged by the team and some of the crowd. After the call, the Vikings made a comeback and won the set with a score of 29-27 in an extreme upset.

At the beginning of the fifth set, the crowd was very riled up. The Vikings put the first points on the scoreboard and kept this lead for most of the match. The Vikings eventually won the set with a score of 15-11 and won the match with a score of 3-2.

“Today demonstrated that we were capable of anything, and able to defeat our opponent,” explained Aguilar at the end of the match. “Unfortunately, we did not win but the fact we took them to 5 sets was extraordinary! I love my teammates and wouldn’t trade them for anything. As for the seniors, it was an honor playing with you guys.”

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