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Volleyball Beats San Juan

The girls volleyball team finished the regular season with a record of 4-4. They finished third in league, just behind Aliso Niguel and San Juan Hills.

In their final home game of the season, the Dolphins hosted San Juan on Monday, Oct. 14. Dana began the night by honoring their seniors, which included Hunter Reidel, Avery Allemann, Maura Hayes, Kianna Keeling and Vani Topalian.

The Dolphins started the match strong and dominated the first set. Senior Hunter Reidel was impressive at the net, earning Dana a few critical kills and the set win. The Dolphins’ momentum translated to success in the second set. Due to numerous digs by junior Camille Freeman, the Dolphins commanded the second set and increased their set lead to 2-0.

By the final set, the ladies had developed an energy and chemistry that could not be matched by San Juan. Dana won the final set, sweeping the Stallions 3-0.

After the match, senior Maura Hayes identified the major reasons for their success. She remarked, “We played very well and kept good energy throughout the match. In particular, Hunter and Camille played exceptionally well. Because of good communication and good technique, we were able to win.”

Earlier in the season, Dana lost to El Toro 1-3 in an away match on Thursday, Oct. 10. Dana’s loss marked the Chargers’ first win in league.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Dana swept Trabuco Hills at home. The triumph marked the team’s second win against Trabuco Hills this year.

The previous week, the Dolphins traveled to Aliso Viejo to face the undefeated Aliso Niguel Wolverines on Thursday, Oct. 3.

After losing the first set 21-25, Dana responded emphatically by winning the second set 25-12. With the momentum, Dana won the third set 25-23. However, the Dolphins were unable to secure the set win, losing the fourth set 23-25. The game was forced to go into a fifth set tiebreak. Dana lost the fifth set 6-15, preserving Aliso Niguel’s undefeated season.

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