ATASCADERO — The undefeated Atascadero Greyhounds girls volleyball team opened their Mountain League play Tuesday night by hosting the undefeated Righetti Warriors. Atascadero came into the game 3-0 after defeating Pioneer Valley in straight sets, Morro Bay in straight sets, and St. Joseph, 3-1, and had a chance up 18-17 in the fifth set against Righetti to begin league play with a victory but just barely lost what will undoubtedly be one of the best games of the year.
“I told them that was one of the best games of volleyball that I have seen in a long time. We showed so much heart, we did not give up all the way till the very last point,” Greyhounds head coach Tanya Degnan said following the game on Sept. 4.
The Warriors took the first set from the Hounds,
The fifth set played out like a championship game in a Disney movie. Atascadero jumped out to an early 4-0 lead that sent the Atascadero gym into a frenzy. After a Righetti timeout, the Hounds then stretched their lead to 8-2 and the girls celebrated after each point.
Righetti then went on an 8-2 run, tying the game at 10. The two teams continued to trade blows tying at 13, 14, and 15 and forcing the game into overtime.
“It was really exciting, but also nervous, but I love it,” AHS libero Natalie DeRose said. “When it is tight like that, you really get that adrenaline rush and you get really pumped and it just goes back and forth.”
The Warriors eventually won the final set 20-18 and the match 3-2.
“It was a battle through the whole game, there
The Greyhounds played like a team. Mackenzie Wright and Hannah Hagy each took turns hammering shots from either side of the court and finished with 17 and 16 kills, respectively. Natalie Derose was constantly diving across the floor to dig the hard
“After a game like that it is so hard not to hang your head,” Tanya Degnan said. “But I said it just proves that we can play some really good volleyball and everybody was out there and we were doing a lot of things right. I think it is a positive direction for us as we continue into
Atascadero hopes to pack the gym on Thursday night as they host the Paso Robles Bearcats and look to get back to even in the Mountain League. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.