Record Setting Weekend: Varsity volleyball wins first CIF-SS title in school history

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Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

The Archer varsity team huddles between points. The team played against Foothill Tech in CIF-SS Division 7 Finals on Nov. 10 at Cerritos College.

Panther suits, purple posters and screams filled the Cerritos College gym on Nov. 10. It’s a day that will go down in Archer history. For the first time ever, the Panthers won a CIF-SS title.

The varsity volleyball team defeated Foothill Technology to claim the CIF-SS Divison 7 Final. The Panthers won 3-1 and will now continue on to the state meet to face the northern champion.

“Everyone on our team had a huge role in and impact on making Archer history this past weekend. I could not be prouder of every single one my teammates,” Locke Luhnow ’18 said. “I will forever cherish [this team].”

On the way to the championship, Archer defeated Heritage Christian, Yucca Valley, Morro Bay and Lancaster High Schools

“During almost every timeout, Coach Lainey [Gera] would always tell us that we need to play for each other,” Danielle Roberts ’18 said. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we can truly trust one another. We love each other so much that we’d do anything to win. Honestly, [the game] still feels like a dream.

The Panthers’ current record is 23-7 overall.

“Now heading into state, I feel that this win and other wins against tough teams have truly motivated us,” Roberts said. “It’s made us see what we are capable of as a team when we have fun playing and play for ourselves and our hard working coaches.”

The gallery below shows highlights from the championship game.

 

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  • Josie Garcia-Euyoque ’18 poses for a photo with the panther mascot. The Panthers played Foothill Tech.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Lainey Gera (second from right), the varsity coach, gives senior co-captain Macoy Ohlbaum (right) advice between sets. This was the first time any Archer team has won a CIF-SS Final.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Joyce Barahona ’18 holds up a sign supporting Archer volleyball. She, like many students, traveled to Cerritos College to support the varsity volleyball team.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Archer varsity volleyball celebrates after winning a set. The team’s overall record is 23-7.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Fans hold up one finger to support Archer during set point. Archer won 3-1.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Senior Class Dean, coach and fitness teacher Amelia Mathis dresses up in all purple to support the Panthers. The team features seven seniors.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Archer Panthers celebrate after winning the CIF-SS title. The team is coached by Lainey Gera, Lance Kinningham, Kaylee Smith and Danny Woodley.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • Varsity volleyball team members Alex Feldman ’18 (left) and Macoy Ohlbaum ’18 (right) pose for a photo with Jayla Brown ’18 (center). The varsity volleyball team will be advancing to the state championship.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

  • The entire varsity volleyball team poses for a photo together with their coaches and championship plaque. Earlier this season, the team won the Milken Dig Pink Tournament.

    Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch

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