The volleyball season ended on a downer as the Hawks lost their last game to Diablo Valley College on Nov. 14. They suffered numerous losses this season and things were not always easy for them.
Freshman libero Mary Tamayo said that some of the changes this season made things tough for the team.
“I think overall, we could have done better,” Tamayo said. “Because of the changes in positions, it affected our way of playing.”
Freshman defensive specialist Sapphire Dedrick said that things could have been a lot better, but was optimistic in some areas.
“I think we did pretty well,” Dedrick said. “Because we had a new coach and most of our team were freshmen and we actually had a few returning players. I think we did pretty good; it was like building blocks for next year.”
Sophomore middle hitter Rose Koloamatangi said the reason the season was so tough for the Hawks was because there was not a lot of communication on the court. Some of the new players from this season didn’t know what they were doing.
However, she still felt that the team made an effort to work well together.
“We played together as a team,” Koloamatangi said. “We never gave up on each other. We were always there to help each other out. Any problems or questions we had on the court, we kept each other up and made sure we were motivated.”
The last game that they managed to win a couple of sets took place on Oct. 10 when they went against Sacramento City College.
They continued to struggle as the season progressed.
Head Coach Natalie Wells also said that the team did well in their efforts despite not winning a lot of games. She also mentioned that there are areas in which the team could improve in the future.
“I think that they could improve on individual skills that they could be working on in spring time as a group,” Wells said. “Being able to come together and play as a team and get competitive.”
Wells also stated the reason why this season was tough for the Hawks.
“Well, we play in a very competitive division,” Wells said. “We play in the Big 8 which is very competitive. In fact, Santa Rosa, one of our top teams, is still in the state championship. They are playing for the Final Four this week. So it’s really competitive.”