Boys Volleyball Defends Home Court in Second Home Game

Will Marusich serving the ball.

Campolindo boys varsity volleyball took on Monte Vista in their second preseason game of the season on February 28. The final score in sets was 3-0, with the Cougs coming out on top.

One of the driving forces for the win was the team’s determination. After a loss against Foothill the previous week as their first home game of the season, the team had a large drive to win.

Libero senior Diego Davila Gil said, “Right after our loss to Foothill, we had a tournament the next day, and it was a tougher tournament. We had some tough losses, but one of the main things that we got out of it was something our coach said: ‘In these games you either win or you learn’. One of the things we’re trying to get across this season is, even if we’re not coming out with every single win, as long as we are improving on the small things, we are winning as a team.”

Setter junior Graham Volk said, “Especially after losing our first [home game], there was more pressure to get a win after that first loss.”

The Cougs executed their game plan well and ended the first set 25-9 over the Mustangs. Outside hitter senior Andrew Pak said, “[The first set] was impactful for us, because we had just played in a tournament and didn’t finish exactly where we wanted, so [it was important] to come out with a strong start and turn it around.”

They continued to push for the win in the second set, ending it 25-22. The third set sealed the win for the Cougs, winning it 25-20. Davila Gil said, “We didn’t have the best student turnout, but since basketball just won NCS we wanted to prove that Campo isn’t just about basketball, it’s also a volleyball school too.”

Pak said, “It’s great for us to get a win after a couple of losses in the tournament. We just played [well] and going forward it will be good momentum for us.” The next home pre-season game for the Cougars is on March 10, with their first league game set to be on March 16 at home as well.