Las Lomas is a young team finding its way. Campolindo is even younger.
Both teams showed their youth on Tuesday night, but the experience of juniors TK Gordon and Charlotte Brown powered the Knights through for the win.
Brown, Gordon and Keely Kuhn have been on the Las Lomas varsity girls volleyball team since freshman year.
“We were excited (about the match),” Brown said. “Everyone wanted it so badly and we were really focused. In practice all through the week it’s been on our minds.”
The Knights beat Campolindo 27-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23 loss in its home gym, handing the Cougars only its second loss in DFAL play since the league was formed in 2000.
“We’re a young team but we’re a good team,” Las Lomas assistant coach Tim Conroy said. “We’re a very streaky team and it was a good streak tonight.”
The Knights had been waiting for this night and chance to prove it had arrived. Throughout the campus the team had posted 8 x 11 signs on lockers colored with crayons and markers reading, “BEAT CAMPO”
Brown led the offense with 17 kills hitting mostly from the outside and Gordon held down the defense with stellar play at the libero position.
In the end, the Knights delivered a rare win against a perrenial power that may be in transition but still a formidable opponent.
Everyone knows this is not the same team that won the Division III state championship last season, but the Campolindo “Cubs”, a youth movement led by setter Mary Vaccaro (a freshman who hustles on the court like nobody’s business), makes this team solid, so the win is major for Las Lomas because the Knights are young too.
Mostly juniors and sophomores make up the Knights, some players that were on junior varsity last season, including setter Molly Peterson, who turned in a glowing performance on Tuesday.
“Pretty much all of them are new to varsity, so they’re coming in very enthusiastic,” Brown said.
Now the Knights’ can be happy to be on top of the DFAL.
— Ricardo Sanchez Jr.