Photos by Alicia Alderete
Girls’ volleyball triumphed in a crucial game against San Marino in three sets with scores of 25-14, 25-20, and 25-17 on Thursday, October 19. The Tigers demonstrated their offensive versatility, as they trounced the Titans.
Both teams battled to establish a lead in the start of the first set, subsequently bringing intensity and quick play to the game. Freshman Lola Foord helped the Tigers gain an early lead with several kills. The Titans were unable to recover from South Pas’ powerful offense, struggling to return hits from the Tigers. Senior Maddie Saito and freshman Lindsey Hirano played quick and effective defense, preventing San Marino from gaining headway. Kills from junior Kimberly Brown and senior Isabel Bluml brought the Tigers the win at 25-14.
The Tigers demonstrated dynamic offense in the beginning of the second set with blocking from Foord and Bluml. Senior Lily Turner-Kipke and Saito served strongly against the Titans, racking up several aces for the team. South Pas struggled to play consistently in the middle of the set giving the Titans an opportunity to tie the game. The Tigers pulled ahead later in the set utilizing strategic play at the net. Aces from Hirano solidified the win for the Tigers at 25-20.
South Pas started the third set strong, gaining a 5-point lead early on. Hitting errors from the Titans coupled with stunning reception from senior Viviana Maradiaga, Saito, and Hirano helped the Tigers expand their lead. Kills from Saito, Brown, and Foord sustained the Tigers dominance through the set. South Pas won the set at 25-17.
“By winning this game we still have a chance at qualifying for CIF,” said senior and co-captian Harper Fox, “Beating our rivals will give us an edge against Monrovia.”
The Tigers will play Monrovia away in a must-win game on Monday, October 22.