Scots continue losing streak in Dig Pink volleyball game


Anthony Eliopoulos

Curly Raddavero, a freshman, jumps up to serve the ball to the Wildcats.

The Carlmont girls JV volleyball team lost in disappointing fashion against Woodside in just two sets during their Dig Pink volleyball game.

For all three Carlmont girls volleyball teams, Oct. 24 marked their Dig Pink game. The special games were the teams’ way of contributing to the Stand Up 2 Cancer movement. Before the game, the JV team wore pink tie-dyed shirts, and during the game, they wore pink hair ties representing breast cancer awareness.

The Scots lost both the first and second sets with a score of 25-23 against the Wildcats. The ladies, as well as the coaches, were not too happy about it.

“We choked. We made over 25 different errors. That basically gave [Woodside] the match,” coach Irene Oliveira said.

Before the last two games, the Scots were on a seven-game win streak. Beating teams left and right, the Scots were making it clear to the whole league that they were on a roll.

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The JV team warms up in their pink tie-dyed shirts and pink hair ties.

The team was first place in the league going into their game against Menlo-Atherton (MA), a tough matchup in which the Scots persevered to come out on top. After that win, the Scots have lost their last two games since.

“After our win against MA, we have not been playing well at all because our goal was to beat them, and after we did, we stopped caring about everything after that,” said Sasha Belov, a sophomore outside hitter.

“The girls have come into the last two games very cocky. The previous teams they played were a little bit slower, and we definitely played down to their level,” Oliveira said.

Oliveira thinks the last two games have been a result of a lack of effort and care.

“The girls are just taking their success for granted. We have players skipping practice consistently, starters even. The girls, right now, are just going through the motions instead of pushing to put teams away,” Oliveira said.

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Raddavero jumps in excitement after winning a point in the close game.

For now, the Scots are working on getting back their confidence and effort back.

“I don’t think our energy has changed positively or negatively. I just think we’re playing a lot more scared and tense. We need to stay focused during our next practices and game,” said Keani Haake, a sophomore libero.

With only one game left in their season, it’s clear the team needs to wake up and get their notorious energy and effort back.

“We will definitely be working a lot harder in practices now than we have in the last week. We need to push each other harder in practice,” Belov said.

The Scots’ next and final game is at Burlingame High School on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m..