The Next Wave of Rams Volleyball is Here – Newcomers Will Play Pivotal Role in Team’s Success
Written by: Angeline Ho | Senior Writer
In 2022, the California Crosspoint Academy Girls Varsity Volleyball Team put together a season to remember, clinching a BCL Tournament championship by defeating Holy Names, an NCS hosting bid, and a CIF state qualifier match. For the Rams to be able to repeat that same success, much will be expected from the team’s youthful newcomers.
“Our back line of defense is primarily all freshmen and sophomores. We have great confidence in our blockers and their ability to get deflections and disrupt the timing of the opposing hitters,” Senior setter Abigail Tan said. “But the back row is essential in getting that first ball for us to run our offense efficiently.”
The Rams graduated seven seniors from the 2022 team that posted a 20-5 record, which has left room for a significant increase in the number of newcomers asked to fill big roles, both on the varsity and junior varsity teams.
Six out of the fourteen Girls Varsity volleyball players are either freshmen or sophomores. This youthful wave will go a long way in building the foundation for the next few seasons, but there will undoubtedly be bumps on the road to get there, including a season-opening loss to Redwood Christian, where the Rams lost in five sets after winning the first two.
Since the loss to the Eagles, the Rams have won 11 straight matches and sit atop the league with a 9-0 record, showing the team’s resiliency and ability to adjust to the changing team dynamics.
“Players can learn from their mistakes and improve their gameplay,” Head Coach Lester Lim said. “It’s important to help them understand the importance of doing everything well.”
Lim’s message appears to be sinking in. But how far it takes them, that remains to be seen.
The Rams are projected to be a high seed in the 2023 North Coast Section Division VI Volleyball tournament.