The DSA girl’s volleyball team started this season ready to fight and ready to win—at least more than five games to trump last year’s record. Unfortunately, the team came up short this year when they finished their season with a 5-8 league record. However, the team worked hard to improve each day, which was a success in the team’s eyes.
“The girls showed a lot of improvement and teamwork throughout the season,” Head Coach Lisa Garry said. “The team did not exceed goals, but we have shown consistent improvement over the years.”
The Lady Dragons also came up short when qualifying for playoffs, and it was all dependent on one game: the Somerset-Losee game. As the ladies were ready to fight for their spot, they forgot what it meant to play as a team, which resulted in their three-set loss and their unsuccessful snag of their playoff spot.
“Our third to last game against Somerset-Losee was the deciding game on whether or not we made playoffs,” Coach Garry said. “We lost that match and did not play as a team. Afterward, that was our only goal—to go out as a team.”
This game was followed by Senior Night against Democracy Prep, which was a favorite night of many players.
“The girls had a lot of fun at Senior Night against Democracy Prep where everyone got to play and we pulled up two girls from JV to join us,” Coach Garry said. “The same with our last match against the first seed in the division, Mojave. We went out to have fun and did.”
This season, there was one specific player who was noticed for her hard work and talents. Sereniti Simon, who is a freshman, made First Team. She was the second leading acing player and was also in the top three for kills in the division. She had 83 aces on the season, 89 percent of her serves were in, 125 kills, four blocks (seven assisted), 205 receptions and 88 digs. Five other players had top stats for the season. Those are: Sierra Rivera – 17 aces, seven kills, 181 receptions and 51 digs; Nehal Abbas – 21 aces, 20 kills, two blocks (four assisted) and 13 digs; Desteny Soto – five aces, 80 percent of her serves were in, and 11 digs; Kaitlin Harrah – five aces, five kills, 113 receptions, 47 digs; Jazlyn Vargas – 28 aces, 77 percent of serves were in, 19 kills, 211 assists, eight blocks (two assisted) and 43 digs.
Now that the season has come to an end, the team looks back at many lessons learned and is proud of the improvement they made each day. Now, they say goodbye to their head coach who is moving on to enjoy other aspects of life.
“I am glad I got to spend my last season with you and wish you all the best moving forward,” Coach Garry said.