By Makeen Yasar
Tenacity, spirit, focus, comradery; all of these qualities are needed when playing a sport like volleyball. After a tough preseason facing Burroughs, Golden Valley, and Serrano, our girls came out more focused and ready to win than ever.
“I think preseason went well.” said Highland’s Outside Hitter, Katelyn Evans. “We have have a lot of young girls who are playing significant minutes, so now they know what they need to do to play at the varsity level”
The preseason game against Burroughs was a CIF rematch of the first round last year for Highland. Through three games, Highland pushed the team to their limits with strong offensive plays from the outside hitters Katelyn Evans #17 and Paula Hicks #1, but overall team errors gave the Burroughs the opportunity to rack in multiple points.
The unrecorded friendly between Golden Valley gave the Bulldogs confidence as their 3-1 victory helped to bring some cohesiveness to the Bulldogs complete game.
The final preseason game versus Serrano High School was a 5 game thriller, introducing newcomer Hailey Davidson at Middle Blocker. After a strong 25-17 first game, showcasing Hailey Davidson’s strong play with multiple blocks and quick kills, the Bulldogs would give up the second game as Serrano gained their composure. The third game once again belonged to the Bulldogs, as Katelyn Evans emphatically tore apart Serrano’s front row with multiple kills. The Bulldogs couldn’t close out Serrano as their energy level dropped, and lost the fourth and fifth games in a lackluster fashion.
When Katelyn was asked about the Bulldog’s weaknesses, she commented, “We need to work on the mental side of the game so our mistakes don’t hold us down.”
“We’re still figuring out all of our strengths, but we have great chemistry and we work hard” DS Ashlynn Bakeman, #12, reported to the print.
These preseason games helped to work out the kinks in the system as the girls learned how to play with each other, and the coach observes what positions the girls will play best at. In their opener versus Lancaster, the Bulldogs errors kept the game close through the first two games won, but in the third game they established their dominance versus the Eagles in a 25-11 demolition.
The same demolition occurred when Palmdale came to the Young Pin House, as Highland won emphatically in a 3-0 fashion.
Now the season is full underway, as the Bulldogs enter the Golden League 2-0. Next game is today, Thursday (9-25) versus Quartz Hill away.