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Playoffs guided by duo captains

When captains and three-year varsity players Jessica Berg and Christina Cabias received yellow roses for senior night, they realized their high school volleyball career would soon end.

?That game against Liberty determined whether we were undefeated league champions or not,? Berg said. ?I wanted my senior night to be special and that meant we had to win.?

Both Berg and Cabias seem to show signs of anxiety for their first playoff game against Mission Prep on Nov. 7.

?I won?t say nervous, but I am definitely anxious,? Cabias said. ?I have a lot of confidence in this team. Playoffs will be challenging because there are a lot of very skilled teams standing in our way. As long as we play our best and go all out, I will be pleased.?

Cabias encourages the team to fight, while Berg stresses the importance of team unity.

?I believe if our team wants it enough and plays together we could do it,? Berg said. ?I do not want this season to end and I want to go all the way.?

As captain, Berg feels the pressure to lead the team and stay positive in spite of difficult situations.

?I know the girls are always looking at me for guidance,? Berg said. ?I now know that no matter what happens on the court, I can not get down on myself and I have to stay positive.?

Cabias views her role as captain as a responsibility to create success through a positive attitude

?I wouldn?t call it pressure, but more like a responsibility,? Cabias said. ?I need to make sure I am always positive and when the team fails, I feel like I have failed them. I have always learned to lead by example and if I?m not giving 110%, why should they??

As the season ends, both captains appear to dread leaving the team and memories behind.

?I know I am going to miss the fashion shows, dance parties, and sleepovers,? Cabias said. ?Basically all the crazy things we have done over the years. The beach trip is always full of memories, like jumping across beds in the hotel room and taking funny pictures.?

Although the team was undefeated in league, they are 15-6 outside of league.

?After going undefeated in league for the past two years now, it will be tough knowing I won?t be able to be apart of that ever again,? Berg said. ?I would love to play volleyball in college, but I understand it is a big commitment.?

Christina will miss the random parties and the group of girls.

?I can?t say enough about my teammates and how much I am going to miss playing with them,? Cabias said. ?We are all united with a common goal. We play for each other and the Lord. What else could you ask for? On the court we are all fighters and I am going to miss that more than anything.?

After losing two all-league players last year, the team needed to adapt and improve in order to hold their title.

?In the beginning I thought this year would be a challenge,? Berg said. ?Our team wasn?t playing together at first, but I feel our team has unified and I have had an amazing time with this team. I love every girl on it.?

Over the years, both Berg and Cabias believe their families played a large role in their development as athletes.

?I know my biggest fan has always been my mom,? Cabias said. ?She comes to all my games and can always be heard cheering in the stands. She loves and supports me in all that I do.?

Berg admits to having an athletic family background, but gives credit to three-year coach Larry Orender.

?I know I couldn?t have been the player I am today if it hadn?t been for Coach O,? Berg said. ?He has influenced me to lead the team this year and I owe him for all the hours he has worked with me.?

Orender also recognizes how their absense will impact the underclassmen.

?Cabias and Berg are the legs the team stands upon,? Orender said. ?They are the backbone of everything that we do. Their leadership and playing ability has allowed us to turn our team goals into a reality. They have been with us for a long time. They are Fresno Christian volleyball.?

Although the team will lose five seniors, Cabias remains confident the team will still do well.

?Practically half of the team will be gone next year,? Cabias said. ?But these girls are fighters and hard workers. I have a lot of faith in them and I believe they will do very well next year.?

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