In the 2018-2019 season, girls' varsity volleyball won the league championship in a convincing fashion, seemingly breezing through most teams except for one. Clad in navy with crosses on their uniforms, Saint Thomas More's (STM) team is regarded as not only UPA's rivals but also their equals in competitive play. On September 17th, the first competitive game of the season would be a trail by fire for UPA, as STM arrived to Canoas Garden Avenue to play the Eagles on their home court.
STM was the only challenge we had in order to win league [last year]. We only beat them in tourneys," number 4 senior Annie Zhang said, Varsity.
THEIR CHOIR OF BOYS [was] SO ANNOYING," ZHANG said.
The first two sets would prove to be the hardest for the Eagles.
With both sick and injured teammates, UPA attempted to push through their adversaries yet were unable to obtain leads early on. The first set ended 17-25 in favor of the Knights, and the second set played out nearly identical, with UPA losing 19-25.
Now with the scoreline 0-2 and the cheers of STM families growing louder, the chances of winning became slim, but the hope stayed alive through sheer determination.
i felt DISAPPOINTED. I know my team is capable, but it is very rare to win a match when the opposing team has MOMENTUM and a lead of 2," roberson said.
I TRIED NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT TOO MUCH AND I HARDLY LOOKED AT THE SCORE. I KNEW WE COULD BEAT THEM IF WE FOCUSED AND COMMUNICATED MORE," ZHANG SAID.