Amador Valley Girls volleyball starts season off strong


Catie Xun

Katie O’Sullivan (‘24), Mackenzie Mapes (‘24) and Zoe Allison (‘24) prepare to receive the serve from their Foothill opponents.

Catie Xun, Staff Writer

Amador Valley Girls volleyball kicks off the 2022 fall season leading 5-1 in EBAL after their recent home game win over cross-town rival Foothill.

The team first competed at the Stockton Classic Varsity Kick-off with a record of 4-0 where they won the champion title. Riding off those wins, the Dons continued their winning streak against Dublin and Livermore and cleared both teams in three sets.

“I think we’re playing really well, I think we have a lot of potential to finish in the top 4 (in EBAL),” said head coach Prima Glorioso.

The team’s victory streak ended when they went up against Monte Vista High. Ranked first in the league at the time, Monte Vista put up a challenge for the Dons. 

“We just try to refocus their attention on the little things.” said Glorioso about how the team handles losses. “I feel like this team is really mentally strong and they can work through any kind of deficit.” 

The Dons didn’t let the tough match bring them down, and rebounded with wins against Granada and Foothill going 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.

“It was definitely amazing, the crowd makes it ten times better just hearing all the cheers,” said captain middle blocker Charlotte Kelly (‘25). “It’s just fun to win in the home gym (and) being able to play in front of all those people especially when it’s so close.”

The team feels very optimistic about the rest of the season. After defeating Dublin this last Tuesday, the Dons now rank first in EBAL and are projected to play in the league championship at the end of the season.

“Our main goal is to get to the league tournament.” said Glorioso. “So far we’re 5-1 so I think we’re doing a really good job.”

One of the team’s secret to success is their positive attitude. They’re able to hype each other up and keep high energy in order to maintain their momentum. 

“I think we didn’t really get in our heads too much. We were very consistent. We use the crowd and the energy to our advantage very well,” said starting outside hitter Madison May (‘23).

Going forward Amador Valley is projected for a very successful season and are reaching for the championship title. 

“I’m looking forward to playing Foothill again and hopefully getting into States and NCS,.” said setter Samantha Riter (‘23) about her goals for the season.

The girls team huddles up during timeout to discuss game tactics. (Catie Xun)