JV volleyball struck down by Aragon Dons

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Kiana Domingo, a junior, serves to the Aragon Dons.

The Aragon Dons beat the Carlmont JV volleyball team on Oct. 5, winning the third set with a final score of 16-14.

After winning the Tiger Cup tournament on Oct. 3, the Scots came out strong. The team had a lot of energy and momentum, which helped them throughout the first set. Kiana Domingo served exceptionally well during the game, which supported the Scots’ win in the first set.

However, the momentum drowned out in the second and third sets. They had harsh battles but were unable to pull through in the end. Although the Scots’ libero, Izzy Won, made tremendous plays, Carlmont lost the second set 25-16 and the third set with 16-14 as the final score.

“I think after beating them in the first set, we got a little comfortable and didn’t keep our energy up, which carried on into the third set,” Won said.

Both Won and Domingo claim that the energy dropped once Aragon gained the lead in the second set. Carlmont struggled to keep up with their power, but it wasn’t easy to get back once the Scots lost the momentum. Additionally, the team had a hard time communicating with each other.

“The communication in the back row wasn’t there, which usually never happens, yet some players didn’t say anything,” Domingo said.

Carlmont’s back row did an excellent job adjusting to where the blocks were and covering the front row with balls that many believed to slip through. Unfortunately, the Scots did not win the game.

“Once Aragon got a lead, especially in the second set, we got a little nervous. Aragon, however, played better at that game than at the tournament,” Won said.

Lilly Fox, one of the team’s captains, believes that the team’s mindset and energy contributed to their loss.

While the Dons call a timeout, the Scots huddle up with Head Coach Michelle Spence.

“Our weakest part of the game was the second set. Our energy dropped and we lost communication. We started to fix that for the third set to push, but we still had a defeated mindset as the third set went on,” Fox said.