Cougars kill Falcons on senior night

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By Ava Dawson

With the Cougars dominating the Falcons, Cali Thompson, 12, sets the ball for one of the outside hitters to spike. Photo by Bekah Denny
With the Cougars dominating the Falcons, Cali Thompson, 12, sets the ball for one of the outside hitters to spike. Photo by Bekah Denny

Women’s varsity volleyball won by a landslide, winning all three sets against Foothill 25-13, 25-13, and 25-14 on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Starting out strong, the Cougars dominated the first match which foreshadowed the remaining two.

Carolyn Andrulis and Nicky Jackson, seniors, ensured a triumph over the Falcons with several point winning spikes. Andrulis also guaranteed their victory by serving the winning ace in the second set. Cali Thompson, senior, had two consecutive and four overall aces.

“I thought we played well,” said Jackson. “We made some unforced errors and didn’t play to our full potential, but gave good effort which pulled off our win in three games.”

Jackson was on fire throughout the entire game, with numerous kills, making it a challenge for the Falcons to even keep the ball in the air. The team’s libero, Taylor England, senior, had several jaw-dropping digs, giving their setter easy access to set the ball up for their hitters.

While the Falcons got most of their points from accidental side outs and net touches, the Cougars gave them a run for their money by working as a team to get coordinated, point-winning hits.

“It really was a team effort,” Jackson said.

It was also senior night for the Cougars. Parents escorted their seniors over to the front of the court, and teammates shared loving memories and recollections of good times.  Coach Johnson gave them flowers and an old, worn down volleyball from the first year they were on the team, signed by all of their teammates.

There is much more to come this season for the Cougars who are currently third in their division. They take on the Gators at Green Valley in their last league game tonight at 6 p.m. Next Tuesday marks the beginning of regionals and semifinals.