Back on the court and ready to defend their Trinity League title, the Orange Lutheran girls volleyball team is excited to begin a full slate of games and tournaments this fall.
In his first full year with the program, head coach Henry Valiente is confident that despite a delayed and shortened season last spring, emerging as Trinity League co-champions will set the stage for a strong showing this year by the Lancers.
“We didn’t take anything for granted last year with that four-game schedule,” says Valiente. “We wanted more volleyball, but we were so grateful for it.”
With the return of fall sports, OLu’s girls volleyball program saw tremendous interest from student athletes, and as a result, Valiente and his coaching staff will be fielding four teams this season. The Lancers will be competing in Division 3, and he likes the team’s chances in that field.
“We’ve talked a lot about culture,” says Valiente. “We know for a fact that we started building that winning culture again last year, and we want to continue it. Our goal is to be league champs again. We know we can, and we strive to be great at every practice, every day.”
A deep roster with several younger players will be led by a talented group of seniors, specifically Lancer middle blockers Claire Underwood and Alexis Dennick.
Additionally, junior outside hitter Paige Buzzerio will be a difference maker, and sophomore setter Lily Underwood is an emerging young leader who is becoming a spark for her teammates.
The Lancers will get their season started this week with a home match versus Mission Viejo. Above all, Valiente is glad to be able to watch his team compete.
“What I’m looking forward to is just being grateful for every match that we can participate in and compete in,” says Valiente. “Our goal for our team is always striving for these girls to become better athletes and people.”