Last volleyball game for SCHS seniors ends in loss of 22-25 to Titans

Last night, the SCHS Bruins varsity girls volleyball team took on the Gunn High School Titans for their senior night–the last home game of their high school careers.

The gym was decorated with flowers while the seniors received numerous gifts, like balloons, flowers and posters made by family, teammates and friends. After the celebration, the game began.

Although the Bruins came in wanting a win, they were unable to handle the aggressiveness of the Titans, losing in three highly contested sets.

The night had a rocky start, with the Bruins losing the first set 13-25, but they started to catch fire in the second set.

Senior Ellie Mujushi came up huge with two blocks, resulting in a 16-14 Bruins lead. A few rallies later, Mujushi had another block against a Titans hitter, giving the Bruins an 18-16 lead. Block after block, the crowd roared with excitement, chanting “MVP, MVP, MVP.”

Junior teammate Iona Mabilin expressed her emotions about the numerous blocks.

“We were down not just in points but also in energy. As soon as Ellie got her blocks, it pulled us ahead, but more importantly, gave us the energy we needed.” Mabilin said

Despite huge contributions from Mujushi, the Bruins came up short in a tight set, ending with a loss of 19-25 due to defensive breakdowns.

In the third set, with the Bruins down 0-2 in set count, they needed to win this set if they wanted to keep their hopes alive.    

Accurate sets by senior Angelina Grijalva along with crucial digs by senior Katie Bonvicino were not enough, and the Bruins fell to the Titans 22-25.

According to junior Anh Vu Nguyen, a spectator, the feeling inside the gym was still filled with happiness yet sorrow as everyone realized that it was the last time the seniors would ever play volleyball at SCHS.