Girls volleyball loses to rival Marymount High School

Charlie Seymour

The girls volleyball team lost 3-0 to the Marymount High School Sailors in its Mission League season opener at home Aug. 31. The Wolverines lost match one 13-25, match two 19-25 and match three 15-25. The team’s overall record is now 4-3, winning its first three games of the Lakewood Molten Classic tournament against Valley Christian High School, Los Alamitos High School and Calabasas High School, but falling short against Redondo Union High School in the final of the tournament Aug. 24. Setter Katie Caras ’23 said the team needs to improve on the little things in order to have a successful season. 

“Our team needs to improve on defense and receiving serves,” Caras said. “It’s really important that we get a good pass off of the serve, that way we can get a set and a kill. We also need to work on covering and picking up tips.”

The squad welcomed new Program Head Natalie Morgan, former Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for girls volleyball at Loyola Marymount University, to lead the program beginning with the team’s first game against Valley Christian High School Aug. 14, which the team won 3-0. Caras said she thinks the team has greatly improved since adding Morgan as Head Coach over the summer. 

“[Morgan] has affected our team in a really positive way,” Caras said. “[The coaching staff] keeps practice fun, while working hard, and are all always open for feedback. We can always count on our coaches if we need help with anything or want to talk.”

The team looks to redeem itself in its next game against the Bishop Montgomery High School Knights Sept. 2. The team’s next Mission League game takes place Sept. 9 at Notre Dame Academy High School.