Spikers make history with league title
by LYDIA GEE & AMANDA GONZALEZ
For the first time in history, the varsity spikers won the Almont League Champion title with a season record of 9-1, qualifying for CIF.
The division seven Spartans are scheduled to host their first CIF match Nov. 1, but the team has not been sent a playoff list of their competitors. Varsity ended season defeating the Mark Keppel Aztecs, 3-2 , with set scores of 25-21, 26-24, 25-16, 25-18 and 15-10 Oct. 25 at home.
“I feel great knowing that my last year here made history by putting up the first volleyball League Champ banner. This makes my last year here so much better. For CIF I feel great and confident that we will pull it off like we have been all season,” said Adriana Ortega, senior.
In an away game Oct. 20, the spikers fell to the Bell Gardens Lancers 3-2, with set scores of 25-11, 26-24, 26-24, 25-17 and 16-14. However,they were victorious 3-0, Oct. 18 away against the Alhambra Moors with set scores of 25-7, 25-12 and 25-11.
The Spartans defeated the San Gabriel Matadors, 3-1, Oct. 12 at home with set scores of 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 and 25-15. They also won Oct. 11 at home against the Montebello Oilers 3-0 with set scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-22.
“I feel accomplished and glad our hard work paid off. I’m proud to be on this team. I couldn’t be happier,” said Natalia Perez, senior.
The JV spikers ended season with an overall record of 4-6, placing fourth in league.The Spartans lost to the Aztecs, 2-1, with set scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 15-8 Oct. 25. They also fell short to the Lancers Oct. 20.
The spikers suffered a loss against the Moors, 2-1, with set scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 15-13, Oct. 18. The JV Spartans were also defeated, 2-0, by the Matadors Oct. 12, with set scores of 25-22 and 25-10.However, the team was victorious Oct. 11 against the Oilers, 2-0, with set scores of 25-15 and 25-19. They also defeated the Aztecs, 2-1, Oct. 6 with set score of 25-20, 25-23 and 15-11.
“This year’s team has overcome a lot of challenges that they’ve faced. CIF will be their biggest challenge yet. The girls have been working hard to get here and are really eager to begin this huge task of competing against the best in their division,” said varsity coach George Ortiz. “The biggest growth the girls have displayed is that they’ve become closer as a group. Every girl brings a different, positive aspect on and off the court. They love and respect each other and it reflects on the way they compete. ”
The frosh-soph Spartans hold a season record of 9-1, winning the Almont League Champion title. They suffered their only loss, 2-1, against the Aztecs Oct. 25 with set scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 16-15. However, the team won, 2-1, against the Lancers Oct. 20 with set scores of 25-20, 26-24 and 15-6.