Varsity volleyball sweeps Hays

The varsity volleyball team hosted a game against Hays on Tuesday night. After being defeated previously by the Rebels early last month, Bennett was happy to win the rematch.

The game got off to a rocky start, with Hays taking the lead by two points. It wasn’t soon, however, before the Chaps started to dominate. The first set ended 25-21 with Westlake shutting down a late charge by the Rebels.

The Chaps would finish the game in three sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21. After the game, the Hays coach Stephanie Coates was disappointed with the team’s effort, but acknowledged the matchup was always going to be difficult.

“Westlake’s an amazing team and so I’m not going to take away from [this game],” she said. “I don’t think we played our best.”

The Westridge volleyball team came to show their support and observe the high intensity of the sport as played at Westlake. They cheered Westlake to their victory with cheers and handmade signs.

Middle blocker senior Holly Campbell was not available for the Chaps last time out against the Rebels, but her presence at the net made things difficult for the opposition.

“I just got back from Argentina so the setters and I are still working on our connections,” Holly said. “[Returning to the season] was kind of hard at first but I think I’ve gotten back into it. We’re continuing to improve.”

This was the fourth game Holly has played this season.

“What she can do at the net, blocking, is just huge,” head coach Al Bennett said. “She’s been trained by some of the best coaches in the country and you just see that so evident out there in how dominant she is in that asset.”

As for the rest of the game, Bennett seemed pleased with the results.

“We played really good defense and for 90 percent of the time we passed the ball well,” Bennett said. “At the end, we showed some mental fatigue. We served the ball terribly. The good thing is that we found a way to fight through that and win in relative ease.”