Lancers Face Early Challenges


Thousand Oaks girls volleyball is off to a slow start to the season with only two wins over Atascadero and Calabasas in their last ten matches. The beat Calabasas yesterday 3–1 sets and have an away match against Newbury Park tomorrow.

Their record in league so far is 1–2 and there is plenty of time for improvement. Oaks Christian was the Lancers’ first league match and one of their toughest competitors this season. They fell in 1-3 sets away on Sep 14 with 18 kills from senior hitter Emma Gullien and 30 assists from junior setter Olivia Birg.

The girls stopped their losing streak last night against Calabasas, defeating the Coyotes 3-1 at home. The Lancers won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-21, but dropped the third set 23-25. They followed the lost set up with a 25-18 victory in the fourth set and sent Calabasas home.

Their next match is away against Westlake, who beat them in the reverse fixture in straight sets. The Lady Lancers will have to push their offense through captains Emma Guillien and junior hitter Chloe Mayhue. Volleyball is not solely about offense, however. Westlake has stellar offensive firepower, and the blockers and passers will have to be top notch. No matter what rotation, middle blocker or libero, every single point must be played to the best of the Lancers’ abilities.