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Mountain View wins seventh-grade volleyball City Title

Mountain View seventh-grade girls won the City Championship against Sierra in straight sets: 25-15 and 25-16, Tuesday at Ground Zero. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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All that was missing Tuesday night at Ground Zero was the smoke and the dimming of the lights. Fans and parents packed the arena for an exciting volleyball game between No.1 seed Mountain View and No. 2 Sierra.

Mountain View’s Gabriella Fajardo hits the ball to keep it in play. Mountain View would go on to defeat Sierra in straight sets 25-15 and 25-16 to win the City Championship. (J.T. Keith Photo)

Both teams had the gym rocking as both cheerleaders engaged in a duel to rival Goddard and Roswell. As the players were introduced, each team slapped high-fives, low-fives and pounds with each other and their coaches.

Before the match started, the Mustangs’ players were so loose that Alyssa Conde started dancing in the huddle to “Turn down for what” and her teammates joined in as they listened to coach Erika Chavez’ instructions before they took the court. When they hit the court, not only did the Lady Mustangs turn down, they turned up and out as they defeated Sierra to win their first City Championship in over 10 years, 25-15 and 25-16.

“We talk a lot about unity, friendship and sisterhood,” Coach Chavez said. “We need to trust in each other and depend on each other’s talents because we all have talents to share. We let our team be happy because it’s about having fun.”

There was plenty of drama as both teams traded points. Sierra pulled ahead 15-10 in the first set and looked to be in control of the game until a couple of errors and outs set the stage and allowed the Mustangs to tie the score. It would be the last points Sierra would score in the game as Mountain View’s Mariana Villa served out the side, scoring 10 consecutive points to win the first set, 25-15.

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“I didn’t know I was serving those points,” Mariana Villa said. “I was so scared because their crowd was so loud.”

Sierra had moments when they would score and be ahead and then they would either make a mistake or there would be a communication error between players and the ball would drop and give the momentum to Mountain View.

In the second game, Mountain View would get big serves from Abbygail Contreras, Sarai Morlaes and Annalise Galindo as they came from a 16-14 deficit and scored 11 unanswered points to win the championship.

“It means a lot to win the championship,” Morlaes said. “I was very nervous. My mom (Angela) taught me how to fake jump on the spike. I thought we had them and then we got cocky.”

Coach Chavez has only been coaching for two years and is not looking to move up in the coaching ranks. She is perfectly content teaching sixth- and seventh-grade math and loves Mountain View school. Chavez would never be coaching if not for her athletic director, Ms. Tivis, who asked her to give it a try. The Roswell grad had never played volleyball in middle school, high school or college.

“I tried it,” Chavez said, “and I loved it! I read books and watched YouTube. I had an awesome group of parents last year and girls and they shared their skills. I’m hoping to get the girls to come back out next year.”

It is not too early to talk about repeating with everyone coming back to Mountain View next year.