On Sept. 12, girls’ varsity volleyball lost to Walnut High School with a score of 0-3.
The away game marked the beginning of the Hacienda League play. If the team can win enough matches, they will have the opportunity to advance on to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs.
Co-captain Kennedy Brown (12) shared that from their loss, the team learned the importance of having a growth mindset.
“It does not matter what the score is, but rather how we felt we played and how we can improve in practice,” Brown said.
On top of that, player Riley Rudisill (12) believes the team played to their fullest potential during their first league game.
“Although we did not win, I feel that we really played hard and continued to fight even when we were down,” Rudisill said. “We had some high energy rallies but ended up falling short.”
Although unable to attend the game, co-captain Almar Gonzalez (12) chimed in with her main wishes for the team as the season continues.
“My hopes as the season progresses are simple,” Gonzalez said. “I hope that every single player on the team steps on the court with the passion to strive [for their best]. I also hope that our bond becomes untouchable and that our team progresses in level, gaining a few wins [along the way].”
Head Coach Daniel Delgado is in his second year of coaching Wildcat’s varsity volleyball team. Delgado commented that he feels invigorated by Monday’s loss and is proud of the improvements that the team has made over the past few weeks.
“We are at the point now where we can begin fine-tuning and focusing on the little things,” Delgado said. “Being at this step already means that we are ready for the next level [of competition] and that is exciting!”
Delgado also expressed some thoughts on how he wants the team to evolve from here on out.
“I want the team to grow into one working machine,” Delgado said. “Moving as a unit, understanding the game, being confident in themselves and of the preparation they have done [is right around the corner]. It takes time but I know they can do it!”
Girls’ volleyball will take on Diamond Bar HS on Sept. 19.