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Championship season comes to an end

Girls Volleyball concludes after an ambitious season as back to back CIF champions
Selah Neal

Hard work really does pay off! The girls volleyball team ended their season with a 38-10 record and won the CIF section champions for the second year. Hundreds of people packed the FCS gym as the game began. Their win would lead into the state championship playoffs, which they lost to Kingsburg with a score of 1-3. 

The team is coached by Steve Guglielmana who led them to success last year, Guglielmana is excited and proud of his players for their improvement this season.  

“It’s an awesome feeling and very few people win one yet alone two CIF championships back to back,” said Guglielmana.

Each practice and game the team would begin with devotions and prayer giving all glory to God. Not only did the girls have incredible skill, but they also showed God’s light through their encouragement and sportsmanship on the court.

Jordyn DeGroot, 26′, gained a total of 98 aces during the season. (Selah Neal)

Some players were taught new positions with their skills being put to the test on the court. 

Sophomore Jordyn DeGroot, became the team’s new setter and explains how she enjoyed her important position. 

“I loved being able to play a new position and succeed at it,” said DeGroot. “It feels good to know that hard work pays off when we are all working for the same goal.”

Savannah Cisneros,’ 24,  the starting libero on the team, talks about what it’s like being the main contributor of the back row. 

“I think I contributed to the success of the back row. Being the libero you are the main back-row player,” said Cisneros. “It comes with a lot of pressure and work but I had lots of fun doing it, especially if the opposing team’s front row is very strong.”

The team was a mix of girls who have years of experience on both club and school teams and some players who are new to volleyball. The way the girls all connected to create a talented team is special and not a very common scenario. 

“Some of the girls had never even played volleyball at the beginning of the season, and by the end, they had improved so much,” said DeGroot.

Strategizing during the match is a key way of insuring the win. (Selah Neal)

The team’s trust in each other was an important attribute that helped them get to the number of wins they accomplished.

“Also, the team’s dynamic and trust for each other improved significantly in each game, which overall helped us play so much better together and in unison,” DeGroot explained.

The team is looking to pick up another win next season and is excited for what’s to come.

To read more from the feather go to Athlete Spotlight: Blake Bay or PROMO: Basketball is back!


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About the Contributors
Julianna Briggs
Julianna Briggs, Journalist
Julianna Briggs, ‘26, known as Lala, is a first-year journalist and videographer for The Feather. Briggs aspires to improve her writing skills, video editing, time management, and teamwork. She is excited that The Feather will help prepare her for college and act as the building block for more advanced classes in the future. Briggs plays as a defender on the school volleyball and basketball teams.
Selah Neal
Selah Neal, Photojournalist
Selah Neal is a freshman, and this is her first year on The Feather. Neal is eager to develop skills in the art of photography that she can carry with her into the future. She enjoys snacking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Selah hopes to keep her straight-A’s this year and have a few adventures along the way.
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