Kimball Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Wins First Game of the Season By Mariya Hussain September 12, 2019
Eager to begin the regular season with a home game, Kimball High’s varsity girls volleyball team enters the gym with an air of excitement. Parents and friends of both the Kimball and East Union High teams sit scattered throughout the bleachers, ready to watch these girls put their all into this game. The girls’ volleyball season began with enough intensity to last all season. The scores were competitive, with the two teams constantly catching up to one another. Set 4, which could have ended with a Kimball win for the night, saw a score of 25-24, East Union in the lead, but not by the necessary two points to end the set. East Union eventually won the set with a score of 27-25. However, Kimball took the win of 3 sets out of 5 against East Union, 15-6 in the final set. Thouraia Maamo, one of our strong 12th grade players, had several kills in the first couple of sets, one of which bounced right off the sidelines. Madison Rodriguez, another senior on the Kimball team, played extremely tough at middle, defending and attacking evenly. Samantha Mayer, junior and setter, also showed great strength in leading the offense for the team. One of the most notable patterns throughout the match was 12th grader Rachel Van Katwyk’s hard hits, often leading to points for the Kimball team. Kimball’s girls will continue to play three matches a week through the end of October, with upcoming games against Manteca High, Weston Ranch, and Central Catholic teams, and if the Jags keep this up, they will have a successful season.