By Lucy Jackson
Down two games to rival Loyola, the boysâ volleyball team battled back in the third set, exchanging points with its opponent and extending the match with a 29-27 win. The team carried the momentum into the fourth set, but after securing an early lead, it turned the game over to the Cubs to end the match. Tomorrow, the boys will look to avenge their early defeat in the final stretch of their regular season play in hopes of gaining some momentum to take into playoffs.
âIf we could pull out a win against Loyola it would be big,â Sean Berman â09 said. âThat game is our last big obstacle before playoffs start.â
After two months of play, Captain Ross Gruber â08 believes the seasoned team can defeat its rival in the rematch.
âWeâre a young team and early in the season inexperience was a big problem,â he said. âNow weâve played enough that that inexperience has been rectified. People know how to play together.â
The team played in multiple tournaments to gain that experience, including onr in Santa Barbara last weekend.
âWe played top teams in a very competitive tournament,â Gruber said. âWeâre up there as a team, but sometimes we donât play like it. We get down by big margins and sometimes we canât fight back.â
Berman agrees that mental errors and mistakes are a fault of this team, explaining that theyâll have to overcome careless play to succeed in playoffs.
âWe canât let little mistakes get to us,â he said. âIf we keep our heads out of it, we can play our game. Weâre trying to figure out how to mesh before playoffs, and Iâm sure weâll get there.â
The team will face league opponents St. Francis and Alemany next week, and has high expectations for its run into the CIF tournament play.
âEvery teamâs goal is to win a championship,â Gruber said. âLegitimately though, I think we would all be disappointed if we went out any time before the quarterfinals.â