The John Cooper School varsity volleyball team played to a full and spirited house for a 3-1 win against Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) rival, Kinkaid on October 7.
“Our team goal this year is to put Cooper Volleyball into the Division I bracket for the SPC tournament. After last week’s disappointing loss to St. Mary’s Hall, we knew that this game was a must-win to have the opportunity to achieve our goal,” said Cooper’s Varsity Head Volleyball Coach Jim “Smoki” Richardson.
Richardson said that the team’s nerves contributed to the 15-25 loss in the first game.
“The stands were expected to be full and I think our nervousness showed in game one. We played well for about 10 points, then we quit communicating and positioning ourselves to play the ball,” said Richardson.
The Dragons regained their composure in game two, responding to the crowd support for a 25-19 victory.
“We pretty much controlled game three with some great defense and strong serve placement, giving us a 25-15 win,” said Richardson.
Individually, the Dragons rallied to support the team win. Senior Nora Camstra led the Dragons in kills with 17, followed by senior Graham Browning with eight. Juniors Jessica Strayer and Mimi Rajapaksa each added five kills. Strayer tallied up 16 assists for the match followed by Browning’s 10. Both Rajapaksa and Camstra had three service aces for the match.
The Dragons host another SPC rival, Episcopal High School on Monday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.