Photos by Alicia Alderete
Girls’ volleyball defeated Westridge in three sets on Thursday, August 16, at the South Pasadena High School gym. Spirits were riding high after their first win against Mark Keppel High School in their opening game the day before.
The Tigers started off the game with a bang as Westridge hit their first serve into the net. Sophomore Lola Foord energized the crowd with a hard-hitting spike that earned South Pas another point. It was uphill from there, with the Tigers up two. The Tigers maintained their lead, with senior Kimberly Brown and freshmen Kennedy Taylor scoring for the team. It wasn’t until the score was 20-15 that the Tigers pulled out all the stops, extending their lead and putting away the first set. Westridge only scored one more point for the rest of the set, with freshman Ally Sokolow winning the last point for SPHS, making the final score 25-16.
Yet again the Tigers won the first point in the second set. With the Tigers up by four, sophomore Lexi Schroeder served the ball and after some back and forth, Westridge slammed the ball into the opposite hitter and middle blocker, but the Tigers hit the ball right back. After some debate between the refs, the point was given to Westridge. However, SPHS ultimately won the second set 25-17.
SPHS started off the final set with the first point, marking their third straight positive start to a set. From there, they scored five points with the help from Foord and senior Christina Taylor’s outstanding blocks. Westridge continued to hit the ball into the net which gave South Pasadena crucial extra points. Near the end of the set, sophomores Sydney Abundo and Libero Lindsey Hirano dove for the ball, but despite the strong effort, the point went to Westridge. However, the Tigers continued to play a great game, never falling behind, and ultimately won the final set 25-14.
The season has started off well, with the Tigers winning both games so far. On August 15, SPHS won their game against Mark Keppel in 3 sets.
Sophomore Lola Foord commented on their first game, “We totally dominated and we were really reppin’ the South Pas spirit.”
Varsity volleyball will be playing an away game on Thursday, August 23 at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.