The Malibu High School girls varsity volleyball team went 1-1 in league play this past week, and are showing signs of improving over last year’s record.
The Sharks played a five-set nail-biter against the Villanova Wildcats on Sept. 23, losing 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-12, 15-13).
Senior Chelsea Bostwick led the way with 19 kills, while Hunter Bohm contributed 17 digs. Ally Sidley had five blocks.
Head coach Airess Padda said her team looked “frazzled” during the match, and that they didn’t come ready to play.
“It was this weird vibe on the court, and I can’t put my finger on it,” Padda said. “And it stayed there through the entire match all the way up until game four.”
Padda also said her entire team struggled during the match against the Wildcats. Malibu’s kill percentage was only 35.6.
“All of our hitters were having a bad night,” Padda said.
The Sharks were able to bounce back from the tough loss against Villanova with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15) win over the Bishop Diego Cardinals on Thursday, Sept. 25.
“They really needed to win this match to get them back on track,” Padda said.
Bostwick had 20 kills, and Bohm recorded another 17 digs for the Sharks. Malibu’s defense was strong with Sidley, Bostwich and Natalie Aldrich combining for 22 blocks.
Despite starting off slow in the beginning of the match, Malibu was able to get their bearings late.
“We struggled in game one,” Padda said. “It could’ve been anyone’s game. I think our serving is what kind of kept us in the game.”
The Sharks came away with a kill percentage of 51.2 against Villanova.
Padda saw improvements in her team after the last two games, but said they still have things to work on.
“I feel like this year, we have hitters that can hit, we’ve got a decent setter, our serving has improved,” Padda said. “I think our weakest link in our overall game is our serve-receive passing.”