A crosstown battle for bragging rights in girls’ high school volleyball went to the Mission High Lady Bears Tuesday for beating the John O’Connell Boilermakers on their home turf in three straight sets.
The game was easily dominated by the Lady Bears, who won 25-10, 25-13 and 25-10.
After the game, Mission Head Coach Karen Murray said, “This is our first league game and we dominated with our offense, which is what we expected to do.”
“I’ve got a lot of seniors and a lot of younger players trying to play at the same level,” Murray said. “[They're] trying to build the program and getting the younger players up to speed with the older girls. Today I had the opportunity to mix them all up and work on backup positions.”
O’Connell Head Coach Lenin Salinas was blunt about his team’s loss. “We had a pretty bad game today,” he said.
“This year we have no height, but they are working their butts off. Their passing is getting better. We’ve got to cover, block, hit and stop leaving a big hole in the middle.”
Even though the Bears dominated, the Boilermakers’ spirits were high as the girls cheered “O’C, you know!” whenever they scored a point. When they made a mistake, the team’s members told each other to “shake it off.”
Kelly Hong, the Boilermakers captain, said, “Our team did their very best but we still have a lot of work to do . . . We are a young team so I don’t have high expectations, but we are capable of winning some games.”
Experience and height made a big difference in the game: All the Lady Bears had height on their side to dive and drive the volleyball over the net.
The Lady Bears’ next opponent will be Marshall High at Marshall at 5:10 p.m. on Friday Sept. 29.
The Boilmakers will play Marshall at John O’Connell at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.