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This season, the varsity girls volleyball team dominated the courts. With three wins and only one loss in the district, the team is proving to be a strong force.

Major district matches included a match against Archbishop McCarthy Sept. 25. Because the team lost 3-0, they placed third overall. The next match, a districts semifinal, against Archbishop McCarthy again Oct. 16 concluded with a loss of 3-0 for the team.

Outside of district games, the team played Somerset Oct. 2 and Sagemont Oct. 4., with both games hosted at home immediately after the junior varsity matches. The team defeated both Somerset and Sagement, with scores of 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

For seniors players, Senior Night took place against Miami Pace Oct. 9. Senior Night concludes all home matches senior players will ever play. To commemorate their seniors, the team hosts a celebration. “We have someone announce our seniors as they walk out with family members, and we celebrate what makes them special to us. We have food afterward and give them gifts and share memories,” Coach Lisa Moreau said. The results of the match ended in favor of the team, with a 3-1 win against Miami Pace.

Overall, the team won 10 matches and lost 8.

“It was a bit rough with a new-to-the-team setter, but we did well,” Coach Moreau said.

For setter junior Isabel De Allende Silva, playing volleyball began at her old school, with her skills expanding once she joined the team at Heritage. “Being a major player is very exciting and fun because you always get to play in games and are always moving, but you still have to be mindful of all the responsibilities you have,” De Allende Silva said.

However, playing volleyball involves more than leadership. “My favorite part of being on the team is being able to make new friends and the ability to achieve a lot of great training and experience,” De Allende Silva said. Coach Moreau emphasizes this familial feeling. “The girls are great people and get along,” Coach Moreau said.

To encourage fans to come out and support the team, the team hosts a serving contest after the second set of every home varsity match. “We would love as much support as possible. We want our fans to enjoy coming and cheering for us, so this is our way of saying thank you,” Coach Moreau said, “The team works really hard, and volleyball is a fun sport to watch because it’s fast-paced and intense.”

As a sophomore, Kayla Rubenstein spends her second year on staff as Assistant Online Editor in Chief and Business Manager of iPatriot Post and the Patriot Post, respectively. Her world consists of reading as many books as she can get her hands on, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural and anything Marvel, sleeping in until noon during the summer and on weekends, baking until no more counter space in her kitchen exists and writing for her favorite news outlet, the Patriot Post.

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