Another season of volleyball has come to a close for the Troopers, after a series of victories and losses, the Eastwood volleyball team completed their last two games before advancing to the UIL State Tournament in Amarillo, Texas.
On Tuesday, October 21, the Troopers faced the Socorro Bulldogs. The team took time before the game to celebrate their senior members who now prepare to graduate. Before the start of the game, seniors Faith Sustaita, Daniela Cardoza, Sabrina Castaneda, Amanda Keith, Morella Vela, and Keeley Pelech joined their loved ones down on the court, greeted by balloons and smiling faces.
Once all families had left the court, Eastwood commenced the final preparations before the start of the game. The first set began, and the Troopers quickly mounted the offense and gained the lead. They kept control of the scoreboard and won the first set 25-10. The Bulldogs attempted to make up for lost opportunities in the first set, but the Trooper defense kept them off their toes and unable to secure any sort of lead in the following two sets. The seniors played their hardest that night, at one point they all went in at the same time and played an excellent defensive round. Eastwood won the game 3-0 with scores of 25-10, 25-18, and 25-17, a performance considered "their best of the season" by Coach Bajek.
The following week, Eastwood faced the Franklin Cougars in an away game on October 28. The Troopers attempted to keep pace with the Cougars, but missed opportunities and mistakes gave Franklin the upper hand. The Troopers remedied their errors and slowly learned their opponents, but had lost all three initial sets before any new strategies they had formed could be fully implemented.
Nevertheless, the Troopers remained hopeful for the upcoming playoff tournament. "We are excited and we have to play rough so we don't get knocked out," Bajek assured. Though another chapter has closed, both the team and the coach are confident and look forward to the varsity volleyball team of tomorrow.