The first match of the game started out 0-4 Estancia only a break in their serve caused Mesa to get the ball and score before giving the serve back. At 2-8, Mesa had another chance to level the playing field only to miss their serve again. Coach Jeff of Costa Mesa called timeout at 7-18 in an attempt to bring his team back. The match ended in Estancia winning 12-25.
With the first lost of the game and being beat by their rivals, Varsity girls knew they had to turn up the heat if they wanted to win. Mesa and Estancia both battled for the game having a rally that lasted five turnovers ending in a hit into the net by the Mustangs. Estancia led the game from there even with four missed serves and three blocks by Mesa, ending the match 18-25. Logan Whalen, stats recorder for CMHS Girls Varsity Volleyball games, says "Even though we lost it was better than game one. They need to clean up little errors here and there and just focus."
The third and last match of the game Mesa fought back and forth with Estancia every point after previously losing the last two matches. Mustangs started out strong coming into a tie in the match up every point with constant kills by #2 Molly Settles and #11 Danielle Obong as well as blocks by #5 Rachel Witter and #10 Jayme Krohnfeldt, but when the score started to slip at 14-16 Mesa took a timeout. The Lady Mustangs still tried to take the lead, but the match and game ended with Estancia winning 18-25 again.
Michelle Luna states, "I think we did OK, we could have done better if we had played to our full potential because when we do we win. We did get some good rallys going."
Rachel Witter even though disappointed like the rest of her team, says a little more enthusiastically, "Overall we played well and played together which we have had trouble with all season. We definitely played better because we progressed though the game. I'm proud of my team."
Written By: Stephanie Willett