One Season, Eight Games, Zero Losses


Eva Smedeby

Madison Beebe (12), goes for a spike to finish the set which confirmed the stallions a trip to CIF.

Jack O'Connor, Staff Writer

This year, varsity girls volleyball not only came first in league, but went undefeated in the process. This marks their fourth year in a row in which they won league and the third year where they went undefeated.

Their year began at home against Aliso Niguel. In the beginning of the fifth set, it looked as if the undefeated record would end before it even started, but the Stallions managed to pull out a win against Aliso Niguel.

The next game versus Trabuco Hills would prove to be a breeze for our Stallions. At Trabuco Hills’ homeland, our Stallions would obliterate the Mustangs 3-0.

The third game of the season was held in the Badlands. The booming cheers of the home crowd would lead the Stallions to an easy 3-1 victory versus El Toro.

Dana Hills was the next obstacle between the Stallions and going 4-0 in league. The first two sets of the game would be decided by just one point. Even after a disappointing third set, the SJHHS varsity volleyball team managed to get the win 3-2.

The next game was the Stallions against Aliso Niguel for the second time this season. This time, once again, was a nail biter of a game. Just like last time, girls volleyball pulled through and won 3-2.

Trabuco Hills was the next opponent the stallions would have to face. The first time Trabuco Hills played San Juan this season, they lost, 3-0. This time though, Trabuco Hills put up much more of a fight. Every set in the match was only determined won by a few points. Even after the grueling sets, the Stallions persisted and won 3-2.

The El Toro Chargers were the second to last team the Stallions would have to beat in order to go undefeated. El Toro proved to be no match for the Stallions, the Chargers lost 3-1. With this victory, varsity girls volleyball was one game away from going undefeated for the third year in row.

The final hurdle in the Stallions’ way was Dana Hills. Last time the two teams faced each other, the Stallions barely managed to clutch out a win. This time though, the Stallions would be dealing with more pressure.

The score of this final match was a close one. The first four sets ended with two sets going to Dana and two sets going to San Juan. In the final set, the Stallions fended off the Dolphins and won the set 15-10, giving San Juan a miraculous 3-2 win over Dana.

“I remember both of our games against Dana Hills, home and away. Both went to five sets, taking a lot of our energy, but together we were able to work hard and pull out the win in both games.” said Madison Beebe, a varsity volleyball player at SJHHS.

With that final win over Dana Hills, the SJHHS varsity girls volleyball team officially won the South Coast League for the fourth year in a row.

“The soul, determination, and attitude of the team on the court gave the team what it needed to win.” said Savanna Goodpaster, a volleyball player at SJHHS.

With hopes and expectations high, the volleyball team sets theirs sights on the future of their team.