By: Bella Tarzia
It was a clean sweep for Lady Owls Volleyball with three wins in four days on the week of September 9. Taking on Canyon View, North Canyon and Metro Tech High School, the Owls whipped out the teams in a breeze.
First, the Lady Owls took on Canyon View against former AFHS coaches Stephanie Parker and Brintney Carpenter. The tension was high in the gym as the Lady Owls fought their hardest taking the Jaguars down in the first set scoring 25-22 then losing the second set 28-26 then winning the last sets 25-14 and 25-16.
Emily Bey swung this game into full force leading the stats with 11 kills, with Kasiah Johnson leading the defensive side with 15 digs.
“Playing against old coaches is fun but is also sad to see them in another color. It’s bitter-sweet but exciting to see them doing so good,” said Jordan Fairchild, starting libero on the varsity team.
The next day the ladies traveled to North Canyon, defeating them in three sets 25-27, 25-14, and 25-20. Even though they won, the Owls took this game pretty slow and lacked on defensive side. But Emily Bey rocked the offense with 10 kills.
The next game they dominated Metro Tech and took them down in three sets! “Having Kasiah out of the game was hard and we struggled but we played relentlessly and didn’t give up,” said Fairchild.
“Best student section in the district,” said Fairchild. The AFHS student section has come to every home game and traveled to each away game. “They are hype about every point big or small to keep the team going,” said Fairchild. They even attended the North Canyon game dressed in yellow to support suicide awareness month.
“The energy is so contagious and magnetic,” said Jordan Fairchild. Coming from Millennium her freshman year, Jordan was never more excited to be an Owl as her and a group of friends came up with “Owls Owls Owls,” a small inside joke that turned into a special play for the team.
“Being the only freshman on varsity is a little intimidating but pushes me to be better so I don’t let the team down,” said the setter Ashlyn Blakely.
The Lady Owls have a tough week ahead with games against Millennium, Goldwater and Verrado. Training for these games has included “practice, practice, practice, and lots of running to build mental toughness against these tough teams,” Blakely said.
Come support the Lady Owls in their next home game Monday, October 21, against Youngker High School!