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La Habra controls home court in rivalry match

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La Habra controls home court in rivalry match

Posted on 27 September 2016 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

After jumping out to an early lead only to watch it slip away in the opening set, the Lady Highlanders volleyball team bounced back to win three straight and pull off the four-set upset victory over Sonora Monday night at home.

Lady Highlanders celebrate after a score on their way to a home win against Sonora Monday.

Lady Highlanders celebrate after a score on their way to a home win against Sonora Monday.

La Habra jumped out to an early lead in front of the home crowd, outscoring the Raiders 8-2 to begin the match. After trailing 16-8 in the first, Sonora stormed back to tie it at 20, then outscored the Lady Highlanders 5-1 down the stretch to close out the set.

Coming into the game, Sonora (11-7) sported the better record and the momentum appeared to be shifting after the team’s slow start.

“I’m proud of them for not giving up after that first game,” said Adrianne Spear, La Habra head coach. “To have that 8-point lead and give it away in a matter of minutes, we knew we had to focus and eliminate the mistakes, and we did.”LHJ Guadalupe Park

However, La Habra (7-8) bounced right back to take early leads in the second and third sets and never relinquished the position.

The fourth set was back-and-forth all the way through a 12-12 tie, before La Habra pulled away with a 13-3 run to close out the match.

Sisters Victoria and Haley Rollins teamed up to dominate the net for La Habra. Victoria finished with nine kills and 11 blocks. The younger Rollins, Haley pitched in seven kills and eight blocks.

Taylor Richter, La Habra’s leading scorer this season, missed on several scoring opportunities in the first two sets, but finished strong. Richter notched five of her six kills in the third and fourth, and gave her team a boost with four aces as well.

Sophomore Ariana Gonzalez had an efficient game at the net for SLHJ Guadalupe Parkonora, finishing with eight kills and 12 blocks. Sonora Head Coach Andrew Johnson admitted afterwards that his team needs to do a better job of getting Gonzalez more scoring opportunities.

Spear was impressed with her team’s resilience and said competing against talented teams over the weekend in La Jolla without one of their top scorers, Marina Pilkington, helped boost their confidence.

“When we lost Marina, it forced us to really work together as a team,” Spear said. “I think having to figure that out this weekend really helped us a lot tonight.”

Both teams play again Wednesday night. La Habra will be at Buena Park (2-5), while Sonora will be at home taking on Sunny Hills (6-6).

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Lady Raiders retooled, refocused  and ready for season

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Lady Raiders retooled, refocused and ready for season

Posted on 05 August 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Erik Markus
La Habra Journal

The Lady Raiders Volleyball team took steps towards establishing themselves as a threat in Freeway League last season.
Sonora’s finished with  a 6-4 league record, and now look to build on their success.
The Lady Raiders welcome back  two of last season’s stars, Nicole Fraga and Allie Beattie.
This year the hope is  that the duo will be joined by a more balanced and deep supporting cast.
“We have a lot of girls with three, four years varsity experience, highlighted with Nicole Fraga and Allie Beattie,” said Andrew Johnson, Raiders head coach.
Last year Beattie was forced to sit out the first month of the season, due to CIF eligibility rules after transferring from Troy High School.
However it did not take Beattie long to establish herself as one of  the top outside hitters in the league.  Despite only playing 22 sets for the Raiders, her 128 kills was second on the team (Fraga was first). She lead the team averaging nearly 6 kills per set. With her senior season ahead, she is poised to be an impact player for the Raiders.
“It takes a lot of pressure off the girls, with those two girls, there’s a lot that we rely on them, and they have the strong shoulders to carry the load,” Johnson said.
With Beattie sidelined in the first part of last season, Nicole Fraga took on the role of star and leader, guiding her team through the preseason and their first league game.
Incoming senior Fraga lead the Lady Raiders with 291 kills last season and  also established herself as a top outside hitter and versatile player for the Raiders.
The Raiders intend to take their next step with a focus on defense and ball control.
The team has  made defensive technique a point of emphasis in practice, because Johnson believes offense can come easy.
“Defense comes down to effort and wanting to keep that ball alive,” Johnson said.
The Raiders’ improved ball control he expects should speed up their offense so they can move from defense to offense quickly. He has decided to hold off on implementing offensive plays until they get into the season.
The Raiders beat Sunny Hills, Fullerton, and Buena Park, but were unable to get past La Habra and Troy last season. This year Johnson said he expects that to change and the Raiders as a viable threat for a league title.
However, with that as a goal, Johnson continues to keep the players focused on one match at a time.
Johnson has the Lady Raiders focused on bringing a top-notch effort and work ethic, rather than looking over their shoulders at Troy and La Habra.
“As soon as you start looking on the other side of the net and taking away what you need to do, all of a sudden we’re playing catch up,” Johnson said.  “It’s up to them. We want to set the standard by just a good work ethic and making sure we do the things that we do well, and whatever weaknesses we have we cover that in practice.”
Johnson said that the Raiders focus on hard work ethic will help to create  balance. Rather than relying too heavily on Fraga and Beattie, they  intend to find success in their depth.
“Injuries happen and you have to be able to adjust,” Johnson added. “What’s nice is having depth, having girls that can come in off the bench with experience and get the job done.”
An improvement from last year will be by the Raiders’ middle and right hitters, along with an improvement in back row passing.
“We have the ability to be a nice well-rounded team,” Johnson said.
With strong leaders, a large number of returning players and a commitment to continued improvement, Johnson is optimistic for the Lady Raiders’ success this season.
“We’re going to have a really good product to show, out there.”

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Lady Highlanders  refreshed and ready

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Lady Highlanders refreshed and ready

Posted on 05 August 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Shanin Thomas
La Habra Journal

The La Habra High School Lady Highlanders have adjusted as a team and coaching staff while looking forward to a new, competitive season.

Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

Head Coach Adrianne Spear referred to the program, new coaches, and varsity team as “exciting.”
“We have some young, new additions that bring some depth to the team,” she said. “But I can tell the team is just a bunch of fighters. I am excited to see what they can do.”
Spear said there were quite a few girls at the training camp this summer; And she said some unexpected players brought talent to tryouts this year.
With a handful of her team graduating after last season, Spear said was able to carefully choose her fairly, young varsity team soon after.
“Now it is just a matter of me putting the pieces together,” she said.
After taking second in the Freeway League last season, the Lady Highlanders are looking to build on that success with new members of the team.
Although there are seven returners, the team is suffering a big loss of two middles and a setter.
Spear also has to work around a couple of injuries.
Marisa Spear, outside hitter and defensive specialist, has just began practicing again after knee surgery and Kimberly Gamez, also an outside hitter, is quickly healing from a broken bone in her foot.
Fortunately, Senior Casey Lunceford had experience in the setter position last season and is expected to lead the team this year.
She is solid all the way around, Coach Spear said of Lunceford. “I expect her to lead on and off the court.”
Marisa Spear, senior, and Marina Pilkington, junior, are also expected to be experienced leaders in a competitive league.
Spear said this year the freeway league will be highly competitive.
“We have a strong league with strong teams,” she said. “It will be interesting,” she said. “Troy, Fullerton, and Sonora will be tough. Sunny Hills and Buena Park will also be competitive.”
Some changes have been made in the coaching staff for this upcoming season. Janisa Johnson is expected to be the assistant coach for the varsity team. Johnson is a volleyball alumnus from Long Beach State and is heading into her professional career.
According to Spear, Johnson has great experience and training. “She brings something different to the team.”
More changes in the coaching staff continue on the junior varsity level. Roxanne Sahagian has been given the opportunity to use her passion and personality to help the JV volleyball team to victory.
Furthermore, two players from La Serna High School have transferred over to compete for the Lady Highlanders varsity team this season.
The Highlanders first match is against Brea Olinda High School on Sept. 3 and Freeway League competition begins the first week of October.
“It can be any one’s game this year and it has not been like that in a while,” Spear said. “I expect my team to play hard and leave it out on the court every time.”

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Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

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Brea proves too much for Lady Heralds

Posted on 15 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Erik Markus
La Habra Journal

Coming off a dominate win against Calvary Chapel, the Whittier Christian Heralds looked outmatched against the Brea Olinda Lady Wildcats.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

The Wildcats got off to a quick start and held off the Heralds to win three straight and sweep their way through the second round, 15-25, 21-25, 24-26.

The Heralds played their best game with their backs against the wall in game three, and pushed Brea past 25 points, but the Wildcats were too strong for the Heralds.

Early on you could see the nerves the Heralds were dealing with.

The Heralds had 19 errors compared to only 9 by the Wildcats.

By the time the Heralds reached the third game, they were playing better volleyball and looked composed.

“Third game, I thought we found it, back and forth battle, we’ve been in that situation so many times this year, its just a matter if we could just get that win, I think we could have at least challenged them again in the forth and fifth games

The Wildcats found a lot of success defensively up the middle, and generated kills with ease from their outside hitters.

“We had a gameplan going in to stop Abby Broadstreet, and I thought we did a pretty good job, we had some great digs on her. She’s gonna get her kills. What I don’t think we did a good enough job with was just playing up front against their middle,” Morrison said.

Brea’s striking power allowed them to change things up tapping balls just over the net as the Heralds were backpedaling.

The Heralds responded from a lackluster first game with a strong start to the second game.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

Tied 8-8 the Wildcats began to break away. They eventually stretched their lead to 11-18 before the Heralds again began to chip away.

An ace from Mandy Sides brought the Heralds within three points, but Sides’ next serve went into the net.

The Heralds responded winning the sideout, but were too far away to come all the way back. the Wildcats held on to win game two 21-25.

The Heralds stayed on pace with the Wildcats in game one staying within four points through most of the set.

With the Wildcats up 20-15, they turned up their intensity and won five straight points to finish the set 25-15.

“I thought the first game got away from us because the fact we were too pumped up,” Morrison said.

The Heralds had only three seniors left from a team who competed in the Division II state tournament last year.

“One of the best memories of my life, I was so blessed to be a captain this year and leading these girls, its the best part if the whole season,” Jeanne Reinis said about leading this team this year.

Though they had some experience, it was the youth that shined through in this game.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

“They’ll remember this next year, they will, and that’s what you love about it, because we got another shot, we always got another shot,” Morrison said.

With the loss, Whittier Christian is eliminated for CIF and Brea will continue on to play North High School from Torrance.

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Palm Springs knocks Lady Highlanders out of playoffs

Posted on 15 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

La Habra’s breakthrough season came to an end as they fell to Palm Springs, 3-0, in the second round of CIF playoffs at home Thursday night.

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After a close first set, the Indians took control and dominated the last two sets, 26-4, 25-10, 25-14, to secure the win.

 

“We came in with big hearts wanting to play big and we came in wanting to win the game, but we were outsized,” said La Habra head coach Adrianne Spear. “They have a number of kids that can hit the ball.”

 

Palm Springs went undefeated in the Desert Valley league and defeated Walnut, 3-0, in the first round of playoffs.

 

The Highlanders (22-9) swept Oak Hills in the first round of playoffs, but Palm Springs’ hitters kept La Habra from advancing to the third round.

 

“The second round is when you start seeing the big teams and it is what it is,” Spear said. “We played hard. We broke down a lot, a lot more than I expected, and we just couldn’t recover tonight.”

 

The score in the first set was kept close as both teams took turns adding points to the board.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

 

Down by one, Palm Springs (23-5) went on a 3-0 run at the end of the first set to give them the lead, 23-21.

 

The Highlanders responded with their own 3-0 run to regain the lead, 24-23, but the Indians regained control to close out the set, 26-24.

 

The close first set woke up the Indians who quickly took the lead in the second set with a 4-0 run.

 

Leading 8-4, Palm Springs went on a 12-0 run to advance their score to 20-4.

 

The Highlanders tried to come back but couldn’t make up the 16-point deficit before falling to the Indians, 25-10.

 

La Habra came out fighting in the third set and was first to put points on the board.

 

The Highlanders took an early 4-3 lead over the Indians, but faced a setback after Palm Springs took the lead with a 7-0 run.

 

La Habra fought to regain the lead, but the Indians kept control of the score to finish the set 25-14.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

 

“They played hard and they never gave up,” Spear said. “I’m proud of them for making it to the second round and for putting up a good fight. I can’t ask for anything more from these kids.”

 

The Highlanders finished their breakthrough season with an 8-2 record in the Freeway league, their best since 2007.

 

“I think they played outstanding throughout the whole season and I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids,” Spear said. “They were a joy to coach this year and I’m proud of them.”

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Lady Highlanders sweep into second round

Posted on 12 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

The La Habra girl’s volleyball team swept Oak Hills in the first round of CIF playoffs at home Tuesday night.

 

“I’m so proud of them, and to be able to take them in three and come back from a deficit in game three, they did what they needed to do,” coach Spear said. “I can count on these kids to always fight.”Web_LH_LHJ WCHS_LHHS_Vball__0424

 

The Highlanders’ sweep over the Bulldogs (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) advances them to the second round of playoffs where they will face Palm Springs on Thursday.

 

“As a whole we wanted to make sure we got to the second round of playoffs,” said La Habra head coach Adrianne Spear. “They were pumped since this morning and they came in and they did what they needed to do.”

 

Alexis Kolschefski led the Highlanders with a match-high 13 kills and eight blocks and Ryana Murch followed with eight kills.

 

“Coach Adrianne always says we’re like a machine, everybody has to be working as hard as the next person so that’s what was going through our heads,” said Kolschefski. “We play for the person next to us and we’re all a family. We don’t want to let anybody down.”

 

The start of the first set was back and forth with scoring until the Highlanders went on an 8-0 run to give them a five-point lead over Oak Hills, 20-15.

 

The Bulldogs (15-12) tried to get the points back before the end of the set, but La Habra’s defense kept them from taking the lead.

 

The momentum carried over into the second set for the Highlanders.

 

“In the second set I was thinking, here’s that machine, that well-oiled machine and they stayed on that track for a long time,” coach Spear said. “They were able to fix the small mistakes that they made and that’s what this team is good at doing.”

 

La Habra took an early lead at the start of the second set, but Oak Hills came back with a 5-0 run to give them a two point lead over the Highlanders, 10-8.

 

The Highlanders quickly retaliated with their own 5-0 run to regain the lead 14-11.

 

Both teams went back and forth with scoring until the Highlanders went on another 5-0 run to take the set, 25-19.

 

“We went into the third game knowing that we weren’t going to take it easily,” coach Spear said. “Our passing broke down a little bit but we were able to recover and go from there.”

 

Oak Hills was first to put points on the board in the third set and stayed in the lead for the majority of the set until the highlanders until the Highlanders went on a 4-0 run at the end of the set to give them a two point lead.

 

La Habra used that momentum to finish the set and secure the sweep over the Bulldogs.

 

“We’re going to work on some out of system plays before the next game, but I also want them to rest,” coach Spear said.

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Lady Heralds soar past Eagles in first round

Posted on 12 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

The Lady Heralds came in focused to take their first victory in CIF playoffs.

They were on the road against Calvary Chapel, but started strong and swept all three games (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) to move past the Eagles.Web_LHJ WCHS_LHHS_Vball__0166

“It’s huge. Even though we have a lot of girls that have been there in previous years, this is a brand new team,” said Whittier Christian Head Coach Todd Morrison.

The Lady Heralds’ faced their biggest challenge in the third game, where the Eagles came with their best effort.

“For us to come out and just focus, concentrate, even to get through kind of the bumps there, it means a lot going forward, knowing who we could expect to see,” Morrison said.

Despite charging out to a 4-0 lead, the Eagles battled back to win 6 points in a row.

“I always tell the girls, your best effort is required all the time, and those little things that happen, you got to persevere,” Morrison said.

It went back and forth with 6 ties in just the third game, but the Heralds made went on an 8-2 run to separate themselves from the Eagles and position themselves to move on in CIF.

“I told them, I’m not going to burn a timeout on you, because I want you guys to figure it out, and that’s what it takes,” Morrison said.

Before that, the Heralds steadily separated themselves in game one, and dominated game two. Before the six-point run, it looked like the Heralds would cruise to their round one victory.

The Heralds were led by outside hitters Mandy Sides and Jeanna Reinis who led the team in kills.

Christa Evans was a key contributor in blocks, early in game one from the middle.Web_LHJ WCHS_LHHS_Vball__0226

Kiana Louie led the defensive effort and came up with big blocks and kills up the middle for the Heralds.

“I think for this team, sky is the limit for us, if we stick together and just, play volleyball,” Morrison said.

The Heralds will play Brea Olinda at home on Thursday night.

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New-look Lady Heralds drop home opener to Brea

Posted on 04 September 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal             

The Whittier Christian girls volleyball team’s quest for a third consecutive CIF championship got off to the wrong foot Thursday night as they were swept 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-18) by the visiting Brea Olinda High School.Web_LHJ WCHS vs BOHS vball__048

“We just did not execute today at all,” said Whittier Christian’s head coach, Todd Morrison. “They were able to get us out of our formations a lot and put us in some bad spots. They are a good team and we did not play to their level today.”

The team has won the last two CIF titles, but they lost almost all of their starters to graduation.

“We have a long way to go,” said captain Jeanie Reinis. “We fought hard today and did not give up and that is what defines this team. We fight.”

Reinis had a game-high 17 kills.

The game also the first for Morrison as head coach at Whittier Christian.

“Coach Morrison is a great coach,” said the co-captain Kiana Louie. “His enthusiasm is awesome and he makes us want to go hard in practice.”

Morrison knows that he has the tough task of performing up to the level that the Heralds have been known to play at. However, he knows that he and the team will be able to handle it.

“I do not think that there is any added pressure,” Morrison said. “We want to win and we want to win championships, but this is a new team and I am the new coach. The goal is to put a system in place and get these girls clicking.”

This year’s team does not have the same size and power as the one who went deep into the state championships last year. The Heralds are looking to fill the loss of two dominant outside hitters in Kylee Wolfe and Deanna Blaine.

“We need to pass well if we are going to do well this year,” Morrison said. “We have some good outside hitters but we need to put the ball in good spots.”Web_LHJ WCHS vs BOHS vball__140

Even though the Heralds dropped their first match of the season, the team still is encouraged going forward this year.

“We are a young team,” Louie said. “We are still as hungry as ever though is a lot of room for improvement and we just have to go back and practice hard.

“This team can go far if they click,” Morrison added. “We expect to go into every game and compete. We think that we can definitely compete in this league and play into the playoffs. How far we go in playoffs depends on the girls.

The Heralds will look to bounce back next Thursday at Milliken in Long Beach.

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Sonora looks to successful season

Posted on 13 August 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Erik Marcus
La Habra Journal

Entering into his third year with Sonora Volleyball, head coach Andy Johnson has a lot to be excited for. IMG_5247
The Lady Raiders season did not get off to the start they wanted last year, but finished with plenty of momentum.
“The season ended too short,” Johnson said.
The Raiders captured three wins in a row sweeping them in three sets to finish the season 9-15 with an even 5-5 record in the Freeway League.
This year the future looks bright. The Raiders return 10 players from last years squad headlined by this years captains, Senior Shannon Kakuk, and Juniors Emily Sonny and Nicole Fraga.
Joining this years team is a transfer from league champion Troy High school Allie Beattie.
“She’s an outside hitter, I think of all the players in the North County or even in the Orange County area … I wouldn’t want any other player.
With Frags and Beattie, the Raiders will have two of the top outside hitters in the league
“This is (Frags’) third year outside, so we have two girls who can really put the ball away and are really explosive.
So far the team’s high expectations are producing results. The Lady Raiders went 8-2 in the El Dorado summer league.
With the progress he has seen, Johnson sets his sight on a league title.
“The success we saw over the summer is an indication that with hard work, that’s something that is possible.” Johnson said.
Due to Beattie’s transfer she will be forced to sit out the first 30 days of the season, but Johnson expects to see her make an impact just as league play begins.
This summer coach Johnson wanted to see his middle blockers improve and has seen improvements for Vadia Metchkoff, Alexandra Spolsdoff, and Erin Murphy.
“Those three girls not only filled the role, but they showed us that they can provide offense and definitely their role on defense was huge.
The Lady Raider bench should be improved since 10 players are returning with prior Varsity experience.Web_SonoraVball_5439
Last year’s experience has also helped these ladies develop mentally.
“The girls are tough as nails,” Johnson said, “They have a great demeanor; their work ethic is top notch.”
Johnson has seen his veteran leaders provide leadership and a positive example for anyone new to varsity.
“It’s the returning girls that lead the way with how hard they work, and then the new girls come in, and really have no choice but to follow their lead,” Johnson said.
As Johnson reflected on some of the differences between the girls this year and those same ones the year before he was confident they are more prepared to deal with the season’s rigors.
“A lot of these girls were quiet at the start of last year, coming from JV to varsity is a big jump, the pace of play, expectations, communicating everything,” he added.
“We had three matches least year where we were leading two games to none or to two games to one and end up losing in five,” He explained. “So it was the last step, and I really think experiencing these heartbreaks and setbacks will now benefit us this year.
With huge improvements in sight, Johnson encourages fans to come out and watch them play. He said fans can join the Rowdy Raiders section and make sure not to miss games against La Habra and Troy.

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Athlete Spotlight: Stephanie Stevenson, a catalyst for fun on the court

Posted on 04 December 2013 by La Habra Journal

Stevensonby Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

On a team that is about as fun-loving as it can get in high school sports, Whittier Christian’s Stephanie Stevenson still finds a way to stand out.

Very rarely is the senior middle blocker seen on campus or on the court without a smile on her face, a trait that helps the team perhaps as much as her ability to hit for a high percentage from her position.

“I’m always smiling even when I’m not playing volleyball,” Stephanie said. “I play because it’s fun, so if we’re not having fun, why play?”

In three games spanning from the CIF Championship victory over Mayfield, to the Lady Heralds’ loss in the second round of the CIF State playoffs, Stephanie played a major role with 30 combined kills, an average of 10 per game.

The feat is more impressive when considering Stephanie is listed at 5-foot-9 on the roster, which is considerably shorter than some of the middle blockers she’s faced during that stretch.

“Her consistency has always been at the forefront,” said Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian head coach. “She’s always been a person that’s thinking about what she’s doing, where to place the ball. She hits corners very well and keeps a high percentage. That consistency shined through for us in the playoffs.”

However, while Stephanie admits she may have been a little intimidated by the size of her opponents at first, once she settled she found success due to her ability to hit around the block.

“In the beginning, when we high five and I see how tall they are, that freaks me out,” she said. “But then we start playing and I realize it doesn’t matter how tall they are, I can still compete with them.”

However, despite the occasional mismatches, Stephanie said she’s been playing middle throughout her career and has had so much fun at the position that she did not want to switch.

While teams focused their game plans around Whittier Christian’s outside hitters, Stephanie provided another weapon for the Lady Heralds early on in each match.

Once the teams then realized she was a threat, it opened things up for her teammates to have success on the outside.

“To be honest, I didn’t know my hitting stats until after the match when someone told me, but that was exciting to hear,” Stephanie said of the CIF Championship game. “I’m just trying to do my best to help us win, it’s been like that the whole season, I just want to win. I didn’t really get the nervous butterflies before the finals, it just felt like another big game.”

Though the Lady Heralds had been to the CIF State playoffs numerous times during Stephanie’s four years in the program, a win in the bracket had eluded the team until this season.

After the win, Stephanie had perhaps a very unique initial thought.

“I was thinking, great we have practice,” she said. “I was excited to win the first round of state because I’ve been there all four years and we had never won a state game, once we got that win, I thought we could go all the way.”

Though the team’s season ended in the second round, Stephanie, along with the rest of her team, went out fighting.

During the season, Stephanie said a key point for the Lady Heralds occurred during a tournament after the team lost a match it thought it should have won.

After that match, the team was introduced to Rosh, a stuffed bear the team won from a vending machine, which became a good luck charm for the remainder of the year.

“After that, we won and he’s been with us ever since,” Stephanie said. “We even made him some clothes.”

When Stephanie is not on the court or in the classroom, she tries to make it to the beach at least once a week during the summer. She also loves surfing, a hobby she took up at five-years-old.

She also enjoys watching movies, as long as they don’t portray the sport of volleyball.

“They always make it seem like it’s so easy,” she said.

While in school, Stephanie said that Statistics has been fun because her friends have been in class with her and she also enjoys English.

But when it comes to role models, Stephanie’s first response was Miley Cyrus.

“She makes me want to be a better person,” she said.

And while Stephanie’s physical abilities from the middle blocker position make her a threat on the volleyball court, her personality on and off the court points in the complete opposite direction.

“She is by far one of our catalysts for fun and enjoyment. She gives us opportunities to lighten practice,” Hunter said. “She always has a smile on her face and works hard at the same time, but is always light-hearted when it comes to the team and it allows us to loosen up a bit. She has a great perspective on the team concept. She’s always helpful, but a great team perspective.”

When asked if she had any final thoughts on her senior season, Stephanie had a very simple answer.

“I’d like to say thank you to my teammates and my coach and Rosh.”

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