Even if you were wearing earplugs, it would not have mattered. The cheers echoing from the Harlandale High School gymnasium on September 20th could only mean one thing – a rivalry game. Up for grabs were bragging rights and the Harlandale High School Varsity Volleyball Team walked away with them, but it was not as easy as the scores suggest.
“I was so nervous. I had butterflies in my stomach. After 31 years I still get nervous because McCollum always comes to play so I knew it was going to be tough,” said Head Coach Sylvia Cardenas.
Despite the deafening screams, hollers and chants, the Lady Indians were able to keep their composure and beat the Cowboys in three straight sets, 25-11, 25-17 and 28-26, giving HHS a 4-0 record in district play.
“They’re a senior ball club so they’re playing together for each other. They’re coming together as a team.”
Coach Cardenas praised her three big hitters, defensive specialist and setter but says their wins have been a team effort and even though they are undefeated in district so far, she will not let it get to their heads.
“Stay focused. Be humble. Respect everybody. You can’t take anybody lightly because they’ll knock you down if you’re not ready.”