Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the MVHS girls volleyball team lost in the first round of the CCS tournament. That was incorrect. The team had a round one bye and lost to LGHS in the quarterfinals. Correction made Nov. 11, 2016.
It was a last minute push to stay in the competition. The fourth set came down to the wire, tied at 25 with the Matadors hanging on an edge, down two sets to one. The previous sets had been deadlocked, with the teams splitting the first two, and LGHS coming out on top by a sliver in the third. After a tense back and forth, LGHS found themselves with the advantage, 28-27. After a long, out-of-bounds hit and a quick conversation with the referee, LGHS came out on top 29-27 and the Matadors’ season ended.
As the crowd looked on, they couldn’t stop cheering for each point and side out.
“Anytime we go into extra points like that, it’s exciting. It’s great volleyball. There’s energy,” Head coach Colin Anderson said. “You make some mistakes, and you make some great plays. And I saw some of both. I’m proud.”
Despite the Matador’s season ending after the tiebreaker, they look positively to the future.
“We’re losing some key players to graduation. Then it’s just going to see how the returners step up, not just talent-wise, but personality-wise the graduating seniors really brought a lot of personality to the team, and a lot of energy,” Anderson said. “Now, can we fill that leadership void? I hope so, it’ll be fun to see.”