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Girls’ volleyball stays hopeful for SPC after key win over St. Andrew’s

Andrew Duong and Saswat Pati

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Last season, St. Andrew’s girls’ volleyball beat St. John’s in Austin, 3-1. The Mavericks were looking for revenge this year, and succeeded.

“Although they’re not considered our rival school like Kinkaid and Episcopal, this year we were seeking redemption,” junior Kennadie Jake-Turner said.

The team aggressively won their match on Fill the Stands Night, Oct. 14, sweeping St. Andrew’s, 3-0, on Liu Court.

Key players included Jake-Turner and sophomore Alexandra Lewis, but bench players also made an impact with impressive play and constant cheering.

“The bench stayed extremely supportive and helped keep the team energized,” sophomore Stephanie Sarkar said. “Their energy was important to keep the players on the court motivated.”

Junior Grace Hansen fires off a serve at the Houston Open Tournament at the Skyline Volleyball Facility. (Anudeep Jain)

Junior Grace Hansen fires off a serve at the Houston Open Tournament at the Skyline Volleyball Facility. (Anudeep Jain)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the Mavs won every set, each one came close. The first set was 25-22, the second was 25-12 and the final set was 25-18.

“We came into the game knowing that this would be a game we could win,” Sarkar said. “We knew that a chance to go to SPC was at stake and we used the things we learned in practice and the energy from the crowd to defeat St. Andrew’s.”

The game was their first win in the SPC conference. Currently, the team stands at an overall win-loss record of 10-13 after losing to St. Stephen’s the following Saturday.

Head Coach Karen Morgan set a goal to qualify for SPC this year. The team initially qualified after the St. Andrew’s victory, but due to the loss against St. Stephen’s, they may need more wins to secure their spot. The girls’ team hasn’t won an SPC championship since 2009.

“This year we should go to the SPC tournament, if not in the top four. That’s the expectation,” Morgan said.

The team’s next league game is a Senior Night against Kinkaid, Oct. 27, on Liu Court.

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Andrew Duong, Business Manager

Andrew is a senior, and this is his fourth year on The Review. He also enjoys watching sports and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

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