Photos by Alicia Alderete
Girls’ volleyball was defeated by Monrovia in three sets on Monday, October 21, with scores of 25-16, 25-17, and 25-14. This game marks the end of the Tigers season, leaving their league record at 5-5.
The Tigers began the first set strong with dynamic offense from senior Maddie Saito and freshman Lola Foord. Freshman Lindsey Hirano served aces for the team, keeping Monrovia scrambling to return the ball. The Tigers defense began to falter, giving the Wildcats opportunities to gain offensive points. South Pas miscues allowed Monrovia to establish an eight point lead in the middle of the set. Kills from Saito and Foord along with an ace from senior Lily Turner-Kipke helped the Tigers close the score gap. South Pas was unable to maintain this momentum and they lost the set at 25-16.
South Pas utilized its front row early in the second set, subsequently taking early momentum. Monrovia tied the score with aggressive offense which jarred the Tiger reception. The score rose steadily without either team gaining a significant lead. Despite kills from Saito and junior Kimberly Brown the Tigers were unable to seize an offensive rhythm, losing the set, 25-17.
Neither team was able to establish a lead early in the third set. Offense from both teams contributed to a surplus of back and forth points. As the set went on, the Tiger struggled to communicate and Monrovia gained a five point lead. The Wildcats continued to play consistently and they won at 25-14.
“We lost our momentum from the season,” Foord said, “I do not think we played to our potential today at all.”
The game serves as South Pas’ last of the year, as they will not compete in CIF.