After handily winning the first set 25-17, it wasn’t until their 20th point that Foothill started showing signs of life in the second set. Up until then, the set was “dominated by unforced errors” that left Foothill trailing opponent Laguna Blanca by as many as many as five points until a strong hit by Collin Weaver ‘18 tied it up at 14. From there, the lead was tossed back and forth, but when Foothill reclaimed it with another kill by Weaver to earn a 20-19 advantage, they would hold it until the finish.
This perseverance helped Foothill to claim a “quick” victory over Laguna Blanca in their non league match on Friday night, with set scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-16.
To get the win, “they worked hard,” said coach Janine Cobian. “They just kept scrambling and working hard.”
That hard work started from the beginning, with each team struggling to gain the upper hand, almost swapping point for point. A spike by outside hitter Dylan More ‘18 started a three point streak, which included an error by Laguna Blanca and an ace by Kyle Cobian ‘18, that would turn the tide of the first set.
The streak gave Foothill a 13-9 lead, which they kept for the rest of the set, capped off by More’s hard hit, which was blocked out of bounds.
One of the factors that helped Foothill rally back was a focus on keeping the team’s spirit high.
“We definitely kept the energy really high and that made for a really good game,” said middle blocker Stefan Fahr ‘19.
Laguna Blanca came out strong in the second set, scoring the first three points, but it was Foothill who triumphed in the end, with big contributions from Fahr and Weaver down the stretch.
“Stefan Fahr, our sophomore, really did a great job,” said coach Cobian. “He was really aggressive and gave us some really great, inspiring plays.”
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Early in the third set, Fahr made two big plays back to back. First, a hit to tie the score, then a block to bring a 10-9 lead.
Kyle Cobian kept it going later in the set with his effective service. He started with an ace, and then continued with five more strong serves, including another ace.
For Kyle Cobian, getting aces are the best part of the game.“I know it’s selfish, but it’s fun,” he said.
Foothill stayed on top for the rest of the game, which ended in Laguna Blanca serving out of bounds.
With a game where “we just played really well and it just showed our skill,” according to Fahr, Foothill feels more confident and hopes to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division III playoffs.
“We’re ready for CIF,” coach Cobian said. “We’re ready to play and have fun and just keep improving.”