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Varsity girls volleyball falls to Dons in close match

Alyssa Bish
Junior Alexandra Bieser screams in excitement after Aragon called a timeout. Oftentimes, positive energy is the deciding factor in the outcome of a game. “I maintain positivity by channeling my energy and emotions from the game toward helping my team succeed,” Bieser said.

Carlmont’s varsity girls volleyball team fell to the Aragon Dons in a hard-fought battle over four sets at home on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The first set started off close with both teams trading points. The Scots then started to pull away, leaving the final score for the first set 25-16. But after the strong start, the Scots lost the next three sets.

“I think both me and the whole team, we all really want to win. This is a big game for us. We also had really tight matches with Aragon and played really well against them,” said Lillian Fox, a senior middle blocker for Carlmont.

After winning the first set, the Scots would then go on to give up a seven-point lead in the second set. With tensions rising on the benches from coaches and players, the Scots would come back to make the score 16-13, still in favor of Aragon. The Dons would eventually take this set from the Scots.

Late in the third set, the Scots battled themselves into a 23-23 tie. Aragon fought back to bring the score up by one. In the final moments of the set, Carlmont senior Pailey Deborde slammed the ball down on Aragon’s side of the court, keeping the Scots in for a few more moments. Aragon would score two more points ending the set at 26-24 for the Dons.

We still have hope for the playoffs.

— Grace Smirnoff

“Before the game, we just come in playing a lot harder because we knew what they were gonna do. We knew how they’re gonna play” said Isabelle Won, a senior for Carlmont. “It was just a matter of execution for us. But I think we went in strong with energy but not enough at some points in the game.”

In the fourth and final set, the Dons pulled away with an early 10-4 lead. The Scots battled but were unable to come back. A final serve from Aragon left Carlmont losing 24-15.

Throughout the season, Carlmont has dealt with an array of injuries, but their chemistry and bond have kept them in close games.

“Nothing is guaranteed, but we’re doing pretty good, even with the situation we were having with the injuries,” said Grace Smirnoff, Carlmont’s coach.

Despite the loss, the coaches still have hopes for the playoffs. Carlmont is now 5-6 and fourth in the league with three games left in the regular season. The Scots will play Menlo-Atherton, the number one team in the league, along with Hillsdale and Sequoia, who are both below them in the standings.

When Smirnoff was asked about the playoffs, she said, “I believe.”

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About the Contributors
Isabella Wilson
Isabella Wilson, Staff Writer
Bella Wilson (class of 2026) enjoys playing sports and listening to music. She plays on the Carlmont softball team and is on the girl's flag football team.  She is currently covering Carlmont sports.
Alyssa Bish
Alyssa Bish, Photo Editor
Alyssa Bish (Class of 2025) is a current photojournalist and editor for Scot Scoop. This is her second year in the journalism program and she is super excited to continue taking pictures for this award-winning program. In her spare time, you can find Alyssa on the field playing soccer on either her club team or the Carlmont varsity team. View her journalism website here: Alyssa Bish Photojournalism

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