The varsity girls’ volleyball team has been training to minimize errors and be more consistent in their offense. The team looks to improve their skill levels and develop reliable offense hitters.
On October 14th, the Lady Aztecs played against Schurr at Schurr High School.
The Lady Aztecs lost the first set with a score of 18-25 after the Spartans gained an early lead. Despite junior Kathleen Lok and senior Shiva Taghdis’s consistent performances, the team was unable to recover from the deficit.
Coach Chu changed the libero, who is a specialized defense player, to senior Emily Truong at the beginning of the second set. The team gained an early lead during the second set with a score of 7-2 due to solid serves from Taghdis and strong offense by senior Desiree Ha. The Spartans quickly minimized the lead when miscommunication between Keppel occurred. Mistakes continued to hinder the team’s performance, causing the Lady Aztecs to lose the second set with a final score of 23-25.
Taghdis played libero during the third set, and the team won the set with a final score of 26-24. The Lady Aztecs had a strong start, leading 6-1. The team fought hard and furthered their lead to 15-5 after winning a long rally due to clutch saves and digs from Taghdis.
The team had a rough start in the fourth set. Misplays and fatigue plagued the Lady Aztec’s performance, resulting in a loss of 16-25.
Taghdis commented, “We are strong individually, but we lack team chemistry and need to improve our communication.”
Coach Chu believed that the team played poorly and were unfocused. Truong states, “We could be really good if we all played at our best.”
The girls are looking to be more aggressive at attacking the ball and improve their mental toughness. Coach Chu said, “I expect us to play better in the second half of the season because we generally play better at home.”
They lost with a final set score of 1-3. Their current league record is 0-4, but they are looking to gain their first win and turn their season around.