Girls’ volleyball winning streak in league play ends at 47 games

By Charlton Azuoma

The girls’ volleyball team has been through a lot of ups and downs this season.

Almost starting from scratch with only three returning players, the Wolverines had a 2-2 Mission League record, including victories over Lakewood and Chaminade and boast a 8-11 overall record.

From the outset, things were not going the team’s way, as they dropped three consecutive non-league matches. But things picked up for Head Coach Adam Black’s squad after traveling to Las Vegas for the Durango Fall Classic Tournament in mid-September. The team’s good showing earned them a title in the “competition” bracket. 

The Wolverines suffered their first Mission League defeat in 47 matches against the Notre Dame Knights 1-3, on Sept. 20. 
After traveling to Alemany to secure its first league win of the season, 3-0, the team drew a large crowd for their homecoming game against Lakewood Oct. 1, the same team that knocked the Wolverines out of CIF playoffs early last season.

The game was filled with big blocks and long rallies; but, in the end, the Wolverines managed to defeat the Lancers 3-1. 

Unfortunately for the team, captain Lucy Tilton ’12, is out for the season due to a shoulder injury.

The younger members of the team have the chance to step up for the injured Columbia commit and are trying to make the transition as easy as possible.

Since homecoming, the team has racked up one win and one loss,  beating Chaminade 3-0 Oct. 4 and losing to Louisville 3-1 Oct. 6. 

“We’re on the right track,” Black said. “We’ve been steadily
improving our game and I expect that we will continue along an upward path of progress.”

Later this month the Wolverines will take a trip to Santa Barbara for what they hope will not be their last tournament of the season, as CIF playoffs would be the next.

The Wolverines host Notre Dame today at 6:30 p.m..