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Central girls volleyball forges on with 9-1 record

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Senior outside hitter Makayla Lewis goes up for a kill in winning match against Buchanan Bears.

Senior outside hitter Makayla Lewis goes up for a kill in winning match against Buchanan Bears.

Photo By Brianna Ayala

Photo By Brianna Ayala

Senior outside hitter Makayla Lewis goes up for a kill in winning match against Buchanan Bears.

John- Gavin Mancha, Staff Writer

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The Central High girls varsity volleyball team is heading into this season with no fear, even after winning the Division One Central Section Valley Championship after defeating the Buchanan Bears last year. Odds of another Valley championship look so far after the team’s recent 3-0 win against the Clovis East Timberwolves last Thursday, earning them a 9-1 league record.

Being ranked first in the TRAC and sixth in the state of California is no small task to live up to for the second time, but the team’s performance points them in this direction yet again. They started the preseason off with a 25-3 record, competing against some of the toughest teams in the nation at the Durango Fall Invitational in Las Vegas, NV where they placed 12th among 64 teams.

One of the team’s biggest strengths is their finely-tuned, long-term experience with each other. Senior Outside Hitter Makayla Lewis says, “We have been playing together for many years – since middle school for some of us.” Lewis adds this is a huge asset for team chemistry, “We know how the game works with each other,” she explains. Timing is another point to capitalize on with players this close. Coach Randy Burriss adds, “ We try and control the tempo of the game with our blocking, attacking and defensive.”

The Grizzlies have faced some skilled competitors this year. Some of their most noteworthy victories were against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and O’Connor High School out of Phoenix, but with these great wins comes the challenge of becoming complacent or buckling under the pressure. Lewis explains, “Our biggest competition is ourselves.” The team reports they are battling against their own high standards, their own fears, pushing to rise to the top of their game day in and day out. With every success comes a challenge and senior defensive specialist Gia Rozadilla says, “One thing we can improve on is our communication and becoming a unit.” 

With season tensions rising, one thing can be counted on. This team is solid. When asked who are some players to look for this season Coach Randy Burriss says, “We have so many good players, I can’t just list one.” 

 

 

           

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