By Rowan Hart,
The varsity women’s volleyball team smacked down Monterey Trail on Thursday, Oct. 8, in 3-0 shutout win.
“A lot of times we’ll play hard and dominate a team but that doesn’t carry over into the second game, but I thought tonight they played really consistently all three games and that’s something we’ve been working on,” head coach Julie Crawford said.
Consistency was an apt description for the night, as the Devils won their games 25-12, 25-12 and 25-12.
According to Crawford, serving was key in the victory. The Mustangs are known for their strong offense, but with DHS serving up over 10 aces on the night, Monterey Trail had trouble setting up.
“We’re a really good serving team, we’re able to effectively take teams out of their system,” Crawford said.
The great hitting from Davis hasn’t been there all year, however, according to junior Karlie Kijanka. It’s something that the team has had to work for, but it’s paying off.
“Our hitting has improved in the last month; all the hitters have been taking lots of reps at practice, which only makes you better,” Kijanka said.
The Mustangs had a few runs, but Davis had the momentum for the majority of the matches. Kijanka said team chemistry also played a role in the victory.
“My whole team has a really good relationship off the court, we are all friends. That just helps us play together and execute quickly in important matches,” Kijanka said.
The Blue Devils also stood out for their size, which allowed them to get up on the net, block shots and spike like no other.
“In the front row we put up a very good block, and we have some pretty good jumpers in the front row, where you can see a couple of girls get up and hit the ball,” Crawford said.
DHS has two important home games next week against Elk Grove on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and St. Francis on Thursday, Oct. 15.