Natasha Hui had some great service aces, Lauren Reed had some solid sets, Olivia Rioseco, Riley Inman and Carrie Mcglohhon delivered several devastating kills and their teammates sustained several long rallies, keeping their fans shouting and screaming from the start to the end of the match, but it still wasn’t enough as Bonita fell to Los Altos 27-25, 25-22 and 25-8 on Thursday night in the new Bonita gym.
As competitors, the varsity volleyball girls took getting swept on their home court pretty hard, but as champions for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they knew the night represented a total victory for the team and all of their supporters.
Indeed, although they fell short on the scoreboard, they will have raised several hundred dollars to help find a cure for cancer when the final sales from a vibrant auction and raffle are tallied, along with other donations.
In all, Bonita was one of more than 1,000 schools nationwide participating in “Dig Pink,” a colorful fundraising event that the Bearcats have helped make their own with rousing performances from the drum corps, dance teams and spirit squads.
The volleyball was equally outstanding. In the first game, the outcome swung back and forth, until Bonita pulled away to a 24-21 lead, one point shy of capturing the opener. But with their backs to the wall, the Conquerors responded to the challenge, tying the match at 24-24, then 25-25, before grinding out the 27-25 victory.
The second game followed a similar script, with the lead seesawing several times. The last tie was 17-17 before Los Altos held on for the 25-22 win.
In the third game, Bonita simply had too much to overcome and fell 25-8.
“We need to do a better job of maintaining our consistency throughout the match,” Bonita coach Adriana Contreras said.
But as far as keeping their eyes on the real prize, raising awareness of breast cancer, the girls were the champions on the court, bringing the entire community together on a special night.