Girls Varsity Volleyball Team Fall Short Of Playoffs

The last week of the season for the Galileo girls varsity volleyball team was filled with highs and lows. If the team wanted to make the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year, a number of things would have to fall into place.

The first thing that needed to work in the team’s favor was winning the last regular season game on October 23, 2018. In their last game of the regular season, they beat the Wallenberg Bulldogs three sets to one (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19).  “We knew the game wasn’t going to be hard, but we had to go in with the mindset that it was a must win game”, said senior Helen Vuong

The next thing the Lions needed was the Washington Eagles to lose to the Balboa Buccaneers. The team found out shortly after their win over Wallenberg that Washington lost to Balboa which resulted in a play-in match for the fourth seed in AAA Division 1 Varsity Volleyball. Finding out that Washington lost their game to Balboa gave the girls “a spark of hope, and gave us the drive to fight for a spot in playoffs”, said Senior Krystal Vi.

This match took place at Washington High School on October 25, 2018, and was a must-win game to find out who would advance to the playoffs. The game was not on the Lady Lion’s side they were faced with bad calls from refs and injuries on some of their key players, Renee Huang (Soph./Setter) and Kristen Zee (Soph./Opposite Hitter).

Although the Lions faced these obstacles they didn’t give up and kept fighting, the game continued to go back and forth but eventually resulted in the Eagles prevailing three sets to one to shatter the Lions’ hopes of making the playoffs (16-25, 22-25, 21-25). “It was a game that we had to fight for, it was hard seeing our teammates getting injured in such an important game,” said senior Dana Liu

Overall the Lady Lions finished with a 7-8 record falling just short of the playoffs. Many of the players are sad to see the season end and realizing that they won’t be able to play with this year’s seniors again. Senior Monica says, “This season was definitely the best one by far because everyone came out to support and cheer us on every game. Win or lose I got to experience  playing my favorite sport with some of my best friends.”

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