Vikings outlast Titans in clash of PA volleyball teams


SCVAL volleyball leaders Gunn (El Camino Division) and Palo Alto (De Anza) got together for a nonleague match Friday night and competed like it was a playoff. The overflow crowd certainly gave the proceedings an energetic environment.

Gunn celebrated Senior Night and the Vikings were looking to get back on track.

Emma Munch
The Titans (14-12, 8-1) played hard and stayed with Paly but could not manage to win a set, which may have made a difference. Especially the first set.

Palo Alto (15-7, 8-1) dropped a game to Los Altos Thursday night, and rallied for a 26-24, 28-26, 26-24 victory.

“In the beginning, we were a little shaken by the crowd,” Paly junior Chelsea Fan said. “We were able to raise our energy to match the crowd. Toward the end of each game, we had trouble keeping our momentum, so the scores were pretty close.”

In the first set, the Titans came out guns blazing. Everything was clicking for them both on offense and defense.

For every run the Vikings had, the Titans would answer with a run of their own. With the energy and synergy, the Titans took a commanding lead 24-20. However, the Vikings would regroup and score six points unanswered to take the set.

“I think we did a good job refocusing when it really mattered,” Paly team captain Katie Passarello said. “I think our team in general has trouble starting out with a lot of energy but, usually, we are able to switch gears pretty quickly and get pumped up. Once we get started, we play really well."

The second set was a similar story. The Titans had the lead 24-21 and a shot to tie up the game a set apiece. However, the Vikings would go on a run to win the set 28-26 and win the final set 26-24.

“We knew it would be a fight, but we wanted to go down swinging,” Gunn libero Emma Munch said. “If this was going to be my and my fellow seniors last time playing Paly, I wanted to put on a show for the fans and for Paly. I thought that we definitely played up to their level. I am so proud of this team.”

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