Faith Phares, AZTV | Friday, September 2, 2016
SCOTTSDALE- Saguaro High School volleyball players were prepared to see a positive outcome in their game against Seton Catholic Preparatory School last Thursday after having won the first two games of the season.
But their confidence quickly turned as Seton won 2 matches 25-21, and a third at 25-17.
“We lost confidence in ourselves as easy points were given away,” said Saguaro High School Setter Isabelle Valdez. “We started off great and we just didn’t finish the game this time,” said Valdez.
A crucial point was given to Seton due to what Saguaro Head Coach Chad Speer believes to be a controversial call from the referee. The ref called a carry on Valdez during the first match, which awarded a point to Seton.
“He made what I believe to have been a bad call during a crucial time in the game,” said Speer. “I believe we were evenly matched with Seton but we didn’t take care of the ball. Game one and two could have gone either way.”
Saguaro stayed neck-and-neck with competitors Seton throughout the first two matches. Saguaro seniors Stephanie Anguelsky and Isabelle Valdez led their team on offense with over 21 points combined, but in the end, the team fell short to Seton’s defense.
“We had a bad loss on Tuesday and we wanted to come together as a team. We were prepared to play and work hard,” said Seton senior Mary Grace Blaser.
“It was great competition, as we prepare for any team, we work hard at doing what we need to do on our end,” said Seton Head Coach Patti Schoenhardt.
Saguaro’s volleyball team is keeping its head up as it prepares for the upcoming game at the Lady Rider Southwest Challenge at Youngker High School Saturday.
“If we can be more consistent, starting off strong and ending strong, I know we can pull through for the win,” said Valdez.