Notre Dame sweeps volleyball

Luke Holthouse

The atmosphere in the Sept. 27 varsity girls’ volleyball game was different than most, in part because of the screaming Notre Dame fans crammed into the Notre Dame gym to watch their team play.

“Both teams and fans came out with a lot of energy,” Nicole Gould ’13 said.

The Wolverines fell to the Knights in three games, meaning that in order to have a chance to win league, Harvard- Westlake will need to win all of its remaining games, including a Homecoming rematch against Notre Dame.

“We’ll get another good opportunity to beat them at Homecoming,” Caitie Benell ’13 said. “They’re a good team, they have solid players, but I think we could still win league.”

Prior to the Notre Dame game, the team won its first league match against Alemany and had winning records at tournaments in Las Vegas and Orange County.

“We started off strong with some good tournaments and went into league winning our first few games,” Arielle Strom ’14 said.

Since the loss, the Wolverines are 2-1 overall, and 2-0 in league play, with wins against Chaminade and Flintridge Sacred Heart and a loss to Lakewood. This gives the team an opportunity to finish with a better record than last year’s team, which finished 5-5 in league.

“Our ultimate goal for the season has been and still is to win league,” outside hitter Josephine Kremer ’14 said. “I think we’ve made great strides on our other goals – to play as a team and to work on not letting down through the whole match – but we’re still working on improving.”

Despite the early league loss, Head Coach Adam Black said not much has changed since preseason.

“No surprises,” he said. “The girls are working hard and improving. We have all been doing some good things in practice and in games. It isn’t the efforts of one person but of many that make our program move forward.”

No information was available about the team’s Tuesday game against league opponent Louisville as of press time, but the team will play in the California Challenge Friday and Saturday and will return to play Flintridge Sacred Heart on Thursday, Oct. 18.