Falcons Volleyball in high spirits despite Senior Night loss


Jack Evans

The Falcons get set to return a Wildcat serve as the student section cheers in the background.

On Friday, Oct. 14, Falcons varsity girls volleyball took on the Marin Catholic Wildcats for Senior Night in the gym. The night started with several speeches from juniors dedicated to seniors as part of the traditional ceremony. The game ended less ceremoniously, as the Wildcats tore their way through three sets for the win. 

The Falcons knew they would face an uphill battle before the game even started. With multiple of their starters out sick, playing the number one team in MCAL would not be easy.

“All the girls were playing different positions tonight. Both of our middle blockers are out sick so everyone had to step up,” said Falcons head coach Lisa Hudson.

Junior defensive specialist Amelia Richer prepares to serve to the Wildcats. (Jack Evans)

To start off the first set, Marin Catholic took the lead with a score of 5-3. The Wildcats then proceeded to maintain around a two or three point lead throughout most of the set. Archie Williams fought back and tied the score at 24-24, but the Wildcats scored two points in a row, winning the set 26-24.

The second set started out competitive with a back and forth battle, but the Wildcats then pulled away to a lead of 21-10. Late serving help from senior outside hitter Elsa Snipes allowed the Falcons to make somewhat of a comeback before the end of the set. The Falcons closed the gap to a 24-18 deficit before ultimately losing the set 25-18.

After both teams started off the third set fighting back and forth, the score knotted up at 8-8. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the Wildcats pulled ahead, scoring four unanswered points. Marin Catholic then cruised to a 25-13 victory, closing out their 3-0 sweep.

Team captain Elsa Snipes is happy with the team’s effort despite the loss.

“We just wanted to work together, to play together, and most importantly just to do it for the crowd, do it for the nostalgia of it, do it for the seniors,” Elsa said.

Elsa also looks ahead for her team’s future, and her future as team captain. 

Junior outside hitter Lindsey Jones moves up for a spike. (Jack Evans)

“I just want to be a leader for my team. I want to cultivate a team mentality and a team bond that everyone remembers us by,” Elsa said. “As a team, I hope for us to do well in playoffs, I hope for us to go far, but I hope for us to also have fun. I think that’s something that’s really important that I never want us to lose sight of.”

After finishing their regular season with a 14-5 overall record and going 4-4 in MCAL, the Falcons now prepare for their upcoming NCS playoff tournament.