When senior Bevan Bautista continuously slammed his serves over the net, the Eagles were unable to return the ball during the boys’ varsity volleyball game on April 3. Baustista served for nine consecutive points in the first set of the game.
Cardinals easily defeated the Eagles 15-0, 15-3, 15-12, bringing their regular season record to 3-0.
In the second set, Cardinals quickly overthrew the Eagles, but in the third set, the Eagles made a comeback to almost tie the game, according to junior David Shen.
According to Shen, the Cardinals’ waning energy caused the close score in the last set.
“In the beginning, we played as a team, everybody was playing up to his potential,” Shen said.
Despite losing starting setter, sophomore Harvey Chiang who is out for the rest of the season because of an ankle sprained during a practice, Cardinals won the game against the Eagles.
Junior Wayne Hu attributed the win to the Cardinals’ versatility on the court (by playing) different positions. “This year our players are very versatile,” he said. “Other people can compensate for it.”
Team members are not letting their personnel losses affect their game, as demonstrated by their strong plays after losing junior Christopher Chu because of an knee injury and another player who is on academic probation.
“It sucks that certain players aren’t playing with us, but we’ll just have to pull through,” Shen said.
Even with missing players, many improvements have been made, according to senior Kevin Tom.
Junior David Shen serves the ball as a group of seniors watches in the background.
The team improved on “passing, hitting and teamwork,” Hu added. However, Hu feels the team has skills, such as passing, to work on.
“Our blocking needs to be faster,” Shen agreed. We need to “get there in time.”
Despite the team’s internal changes, such as new members, position changes and a new coach, team members are satisfied with this season.
“This season has been pretty dramatic with new coaches and player changes,” Shen said. “We’re doing pretty good.”
Their next game will be against O’Connell at 3:30 p.m. on April 19 at Lowell.