Phoenix Dominate the Patriots on Senior Night

On October 11, the Phoenix girls volleyball team held their Senior Night game against the Park View Patriots. The game ended with a Phoenix win of 3 sets to 0.


Shaila Patel

Senior Karis Adnan sets off the point by serving the ball to the opposing team. The Phoenix kept the game lighthearted as they continued to lead. “We have been on a really good winning streak, so that was really fun,” Adnan said.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Phoenix girls volleyball team honored their seniors with a win against the visiting Park View Patriots at the last home contest of the regular season. Before the game, the team’s two seniors, Karis Adnan and Annika Engen, were acknowledged with their own ceremony. 

As the oldest of the group, Adnan and Engen have led their teammates through this season as district champions. Their night of celebration had a melancholy tone as the seniors took to their home court one final time. “The weird part of senior night [itself] was realizing that I’m a senior and that this is my last high school year,” Adnan said. Their strength and leadership over the past year has proved beneficial for the Phoenix, as they currently enjoy a 16-3 overall record and the top spot in the Dulles District standings.

After teammates, loved ones, and the student body celebrated the two seniors, as they ended the night with a great win. “It was a lot of fun! A lot of my family and my best friend was there, which made it really special,” Engen said. 

The game itself had a steady momentum as the Phoenix continued to have a commanding lead. The first set began with the usual starters setting the tone, not leaving room for the Patriots to score, as it ended 25-4.  

As the team had solid ground, they began to experiment with their lineups. Their top priority of senior night was naturally to let Adnan and Engen shine, but this also opened up the opportunity for defensive specialists to play the striker position, and others to enjoy increased playing time. These changes did not affect the Phoenix’s flow, as they took the 2nd set 25-9, and the 3rd 25-10, ending the game with an intimidating score of 3-0.

 The Phoenix preseason is ending and they are district champions. They will begin their postseason play on Oct. 24 at home.