How often do you see a 3-0 shutout for the win of a volleyball CCS League quarter finals? It may not happen a lot, but it did this year when the Pinewood girls varsity volleyball team destroyed Thomas Moore in the quarter-finals of the league, and will play in the semi-finals on Wednesday. (Results of Wednesday’s game were not available at press time, but if Pinewood were to win, they would play in the CCS finals this Saturday.) The Panthers were on fire during the regular season. Whenever they lost, they would bounce back quickly and easily in their next matchup, and they hope to continue their dominance throughout the playoffs. Coach Niki Maser is excited about her team’s chances.
“We play Mount Madonna [Wednesday], and they’re a top-ranked team, but I feel that if we play good defense and don’t let the balls drop, we can definitely take that game,” Maser said.
The team already may seem to have a disadvantage for not having any seniors, yet that is in no way true. Every player on the team has stepped up to the challenge and done what they have had to do to win. The team is led on the court by junior sisters Mehra and Tehmi Den Braven who show up and play their heart out every single game. Other players, such as freshman Maddie Escher or junior Sydney Stratford, also help pick up the team when needed. The girls varsity volleyball team as a whole completely dominates no matter which players are on the court, which helped them in winning the quarter-final against Thomas Moore.