The Half Moon Bay High School volleyball team has cornered the market on newness.
Not only do the Cougars have new coaches in Susie Morasci and Alyssa Bretz, but, with the exception of Rachel Staal, Maggie Dye and Amy Francis, everyone on the team begins the season with no varsity experience.
Perhaps it might be considered a good thing that the Cougars return to the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division after spending last year in the stronger Bay Division.
The return to the Ocean Division didn’t go well, as the Cougars fell to Woodside, 25-9, 25-13, 23-25, 25-8 on Sept. 18.
The Cougars picked up a win two days later, knocking off Jefferson, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 29-27.
Sandwiched between those two matches was a 25-9, 25-12, 25-7 loss to Notre Dame-Belmont in a nonleague match.
The Cougars were scheduled to play at Westmoor, Tuesday. Results of the match were not available at press time. Half Moon Bay plays at Sequoia on Thursday and at South San Francisco on Oct. 2.
Though the Cougars participated in two tournaments and played a few scrimmages prior to the Woodside match, they struggled in the first two sets against Woodside.
They showed their potential in the third set. Not only was it a fundamentally strong set, Half Moon Bay played with energy and excitement.
“I’m happy with how we did in the third set,” Staal said. “I’m disappointed that we lost.”
Half Moon Bay was solid in its match against Jefferson.
“Jefferson is developing a great volleyball program,” Bretz said in an email. “It is a complete 180 degrees from when I played them just three years ago. They stayed competitive the entire match and gave 100 percent.”
Beau Hamada finished the game with 17 digs and 10 kills. Francis added nine kills as the rightside hitter and six assists as the setter.
Staal got all 21 of her serves in, with four aces, while recording 14 digs.
Dye finished with 17 digs. Maddy Croke added 14 assists and five aces.