Los Altos Volleyball Vanquishes Saratoga


(Left to right) Junior Avery Deaton, freshman Kaitlyn Wong and sophomore Aevia Trainor prepare to receive the ball. Photo by Josh Kirshenbaum.

The girls varsity volleyball team defeated Saratoga today, October 8, 25-10, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16.

The Eagles started out strong in the first set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Saratoga gradually began to score, but Los Altos was already firmly in control. A quick run put the Eagles up 14-7, forcing the Falcons to take a timeout. However, Los Altos maintained the momentum out of the stoppage, winning the set in a commanding fashion, 25-10.

The Eagles continued to perform during the second set. Saratoga called another timeout after the Eagles rocketed ahead to a 9-1 lead. The Falcons picked it up, but Los Altos held a stable lead thanks to great defense and solid blocking.

“We’ve been working on [blocking] a lot,” junior Katherine Mumm said. “[We have] definitely been putting in the hours during practice.”

The Eagles rode the defense to another easy set win, this time 25-14.

However, the third match proved to be a challenge.

The beginning of the set started out close, with both teams tied at 5-5. Then, Saratoga went on a run to bring the score to 15-20, but the Eagles refused to give up, going on a streak of their own to tie the game at 20-20. After trading points, sophomore Hanadi Nassif gave the Eagles the lead with a short spike, making the score 22-21. Los Altos added another point to the lead, but the Falcons came back and ultimately won the set 25-23.

The fourth and final set started out promising. Los Altos jumped out to a three point lead, but Saratoga caught up to tie the score at 4-4. Saratoga then took the lead by one, and the teams went back and forth. Finally, Los Altos took a 10-9 lead and never looked back. With some impressive saves and more solid blocking, went on a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach. Senior Megan Wilhelm sent the final ball off the block and out of bounds to finalize the 25-16 win.

The win gives the Eagles a 4-1 record in the De Anza League. Their next game is Monday, October 12 at home against St. Ignatius.