Women’s volleyball outmatched by Vista Del Lago

Junior Karlie Kijanka spikes the ball over the net to score a point for the Blue Devil women. The team lost to Folsom on Sept. 14 in its last preseason game. Photo by Abby McIntyre.

By Isabel Montesanto,
Bluedevilhub.com Staff–

The Davis High women’s volleyball team lost 3-0 in a home match against Vista Del Lago High on Monday, Sept, 14.  

Vista came in strong, scoring the first five points in the first game. Although DHS was able to make up most of the ground lost, with libero junior Sam Moore playing especially hard, the team lost 24-26.

In the second game, DHS pushed back harder. The Eagles lost cohesiveness and confidence for a large part of the game, and ball after ball flew from outside hitter junior Karlie Kijanka’s palm to smack resoundingly on the Vista side. DHS students in the crowd did not hesitate to show their deafening support.

But the tide turned as the play went on. With the game ending at 25-21 in Folsom’s favor, one more loss for DHS would cost them the match.

Though the team certainly had spirit and skill, the players’ hits, passes and sets did not always go as planned. Around the third hit, the ball would often end up on the ground, inches away from the intended target’s hands.

Ultimately, the home team’s best efforts were not quite enough, and the final game went 27-25 to the visiting Eagles. This was the Blue Devils’ final game before Delta League play begins, and it was disappointing to end the preseason with a loss.

Coach Julie Crawford was pleased with the level of competition that the Blue Devils brought to the playing field despite the loss.

“[Vista Del Lago] is a very strong team; it’s a very scrappy team,” she said. “We held our own.”

Middle blocker junior Mitra Varjavand  felt positive about the overall performance, but noted that things could have gone very differently had the team been able to earn serving rights more quickly after each loss.

“We played tough, but it wasn’t enough to win,” Moore said. She is looking forward to setting that record straight in upcoming matches.

The team will play its first league game on Thursday, Sept. 17 against Elk Grove.

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