With the kickoff of the fall sports season, volleyball looks to continue last year’s outstanding league success in this season. The volleyball team is currently 1-0 in league, beating Edison in three sets.
“We didn’t go far at all last year after the regular season, so we hope this year will be different,” senior Hallie Briscoe said.
The team hopes to make it to the playoffs and possibly deep into the postseason, remembering the heartbreaking loss in the first round of the playoffs last year. Volleyball, like most sports, requires cooperation between the six players on the court.
“Our team chemistry is really good because we all hang out and ‘click’ together, and that really makes it easier to play with each other during games,” Briscoe said.
Another team that looks to dominate the SJAA is the water polo team, which went undefeated in league last year. The team hopes to develop skills to go further than the regular season, since SJAA is less competitive than other leagues in Northern California.
Team chemistry is also important for water polo, since the sport relies heavily on communication between positions.
“Our team is very close with each other,” senior Daniel Hagele said. “We go hang out outside of school all the time.”
The BC football team is 1-3, capping off the preseason with a 39-23 win at the Homecoming game against Vallejo.
“It was very important to us because it’s a big home event and coming out with a win helps us gain confidence going into our game with Lodi this week,” senior Payton Rios said.
The team struggled last year, but managed to stay above .500 with a league record of 3-2. League games begin Friday, Sept. 29, against Edison.
Freshman Alexis Sam is one of three people to lead the girls tennis team. While only a freshman, Sam stands in first place on the leaderboard.
“I’ve been playing since I was five,” Sam said.
During tennis matches, the players often face multiple challenges.
“I have trouble staying calm, and sometimes it gets in the way [so] I really have to focus on staying positive and confident about my shots,” senior Angela Lu said.
Gayle Litz has been coaching the girls’ tennis team for three years. The team has not won a championship in a year, but since the team’s record is currently 5-1, Litz has high hopes for the team.
“This year, I’d love for the girls to win a championship,” Litz said. “I’d love for the boys to win a championship.”
This year in cross country has seen the largest incoming group of freshman athletes in 10 years. Varsity boys and both frosh-soph teams currently have a 1-0 record with varsity girls trailing 0-1 after an interleague meet against Franklin, McNair and Edison.
“This season should prove to be the most competitive it has been since league realignment,” coach Jason Johnson said.
Junior Cassidy Byrne, one of the top girls varsity runners on the team, has been competing for three years, inspired by her sister Delaney Byrne who was also on the team. She remains dedicated to the sport despite her additional training for other sports.
“Sometimes I have practice I have basketball afterwards, so running miles [then] running more sprints for basketball is kind of tough, and managing time for homework is kind of tough,” Byrne said.