By Jonah Rosenbaum
After beating Louisville 3-0, the girlsâ volleyball team improved to 4-0 in Mission League play and 11-6 overall. The team has won seven straight matches after dropping three in a row earlier in the season. The team has only dropped one game in its four league contests and has swept its last three opponents.
“We all played really well and we learned from some of the mistakes we made earlier in the year. Everyone contributed and did their job against a good team,” Kellie Barnum â11 said.
“We are working really hard as a group, and the improvement is really evident,” Barnum said. “We have some more tough games that we need to play well in to prepare for playoffs. It really helped us that we played such talented teams to start the year because now we are really prepared for some really tough league play, and hopefully a deep playoff run.”
Senior outside hitter Meg Norton â10 agreed with Barnumâs assessment.
“We have really come together as a team, and it has translated to our games, especially since Mission League started. We just have to continue this level of play the rest of the way, and ride the momentum into playoffs,” Norton said.
Among the teams that the Wolverines faced off against were Archbishop Mitty and Marymount, two teams that are widely considered among the best in the country. The Archbishop Mitty match was close throughout, with the Wolverines taking the first game before dropping the final two, coming just four points shy of a win.
“We played really well and competed against a team that is as good as any we are going to play, and I think that will give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” Barnum said.
The teamâs next match is on Oct. 20 against Flintridge Sacred Heart, who is undefeated in Mission League play and tied with the Wolverines for first in league standings.
“The Flintridge game is huge not just because it determines who is first in Mission League, but also because it gives the winner a lot of momentum going forward,” Barnum said.
Despite the league implications of the Sacred Heart, Head Coach Adam Black said that all of the remaining games have equal significance.
“All of our games are really important to us at this point,” Black said. “We are improving noticeably with each win or loss. We played some really tough teams early on, but now we are pushing really hard in league and playing really well. The idea is to maintain consistency over time, which hopefully translates into consistency in the playoffs. We want to go into the playoffs playing the best volleyball that we can in pursuit of a championship.”
After the Sacred Heart game, the team has three league games, and then closes out the regular season with a two day tourament. Santa Barbara.