Los Altos boys volleyball ends season with 3rd place in league


Audrey Zhu

Varsity boys volleyball finished their season with a 3rd place league finish and reached the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs. The team was also able to overcome adversity in a tough victory over Kings Academy.

Varsity boys volleyball ended their season with a 3rd place league finish and reached the semifinals of the Central Coast Section (CCS) playoffs. The Eagle’s two-month season ended on an 11–3 winning record, including a phenomenal 3–0 victory against Kings Academy, one of the team’s toughest opponents.

“Something about that [King’s Academy] game just clicked for us as a team, so that was super fun,” sophomore Sam Cousins said. “They were really good, but we were still able to beat them.”

The team also had a comeback victory against Evergreen Valley High School (EVHS) during the first round of CCS, which secured them a spot in the CCS quarterfinals. Even though the Eagles took home the victory against EVHS, the game didn’t have the picture perfect start that one would hope.

“I think we were definitely flat during the first set,” varsity head coach Peter Kim said. “And it took us that first set to actually get warmed up and ready to go.”

Following short rallies and missed points, the team lost to EVHS 12–25 in the first set. However, the team was able to shift their mindset and work together to win all the remaining sets.

“We worked out a game plan, not really how to work against the other team, but how to build each other up because we knew we could play better,” junior Ethan Choe said. “We focused on ourselves more than the other team. Once we did that, we were able to go on better runs and play better.”

A 0–3 loss against Junipero Serra High School on Tuesday, May 10, ended their season. However, the team is looking back on their mistakes and has plans for how to improve next year.

“I think we need to be ready to play as soon as we can,” Kim said. “The moment we’re off the bus, we should be ready to go.”

Before the next season starts, many teammates will participate in club volleyball and hope to improve their individual skills next year.

“We all came from not having played together before, so we worked throughout the year on being better players together,” Sam said. “What I’m looking forward to next year is being better players individually.”