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Brawl Against Briar: Phoenix Fight at Home Court

The Phoenix varsity volleyball team faced the Briar Woods Falcons on Sept. 11. The contest ended in a Falcon victory with a final score of 3-0.
Bhargav Kuniki
The Phoenix huddle in after a close rally to hype each other up. “Our team chemistry consists of building off of each other and maintaining a good level of energy throughout the game,” junior Rania Lahbibi said.

On Sept. 11, the Phoenix varsity volleyball team went head to head against the Briar Woods Falcons, with the game ending in a loss for the Phoenix. The Phoenix showed out with tons of energy and spirit, using this game as a learning experience to tweak their strategies and improve for future games. “[The team] is getting better after every match, and I think that we’ve been doing pretty well,” varsity head coach Buzz Laird said. 

The first set started off strong, with  both teams scoring consistently. Both sides rallied the ball throughout the set, determined to get an edge early on in the game. During one of the more intense moments of the set, senior McKenna Sutherland closed out the rally with a powerful spike as she put the Phoenix in the lead. Following Sutherland’s spike, junior Rania Lahbibi also spiked the ball and earned numerous cheers from the crowd. Despite frequently scoring throughout the progression of the set, the Phoenix lost their lead towards the end, resulting in the Falcons claiming the set 25-18. 

The Phoenix quickly fell behind in the second set, putting the Falcons in the lead with a final set score of 25-16. 

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As the third set began, the Phoenix turned the course of the game around, maintaining a decent lead for the majority of the set. However, the score started to tie towards the end, as both teams desperately tried to get ahead of each other. After a couple of intense rallies, the Falcons quickly scored a few consecutive points and won the set by four points to close out the game. 

The Phoenix communicated well throughout the game and lifted each other up when mistakes were made. However, they still agree that their communication should be tightened up more. “[We can] definitely improve on communication and staying consistent,” junior Lola Aguilar said. “For the loss that we had, I feel like we kept ourselves together pretty well.”

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Sruthi Vivek
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Sruthi Vivek is a sophomore and this is her second year on “The Blaze” staff. She is the Sports Editor, and she’s looking forward to all of the amazing things that the staff will accomplish this year. Sruthi plays for the Rock Ridge varsity basketball team, and she loves sports in general. She loves going to football games and hanging out with her friends at tailgates. When she’s not out socializing, you can usually find Sruthi in her room stressing about school work or watching TV shows. She’s also very passionate about art and loves to paint in her free time as well. Sruthi is a huge music fan, and you’ll usually find her listening to R&B and rap artists like Bryson Tiller, Drake, Travis Scott, and Tory Lanez. She originally joined Newspaper her freshman year because she loves to write and take pictures.
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Bhargav is a junior and the Photo Editor on The Blaze. When he's not mountain biking, he's doing homework, playing basketball, or hanging out with his friends. His favorite food is homemade mashed potatoes with gravy. He joined the newspaper to be more involved in the inner workings of Rock Ridge. He's looking forward to the year and the exciting new stories to write.

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