Moving volleyball season to winter impacts coaches and players

With the ongoing uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, coaches in almost all sports have had to make adjustments this year.

Los Altos grad leads Hopkins to first NCAA title

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Los Altos High grad Louisa “Lulu” Kishton serves for Johns Hopkins University.

After playing four years of varsity volleyball at Los Altos High School and falling just short of winning section and regional championships, Louisa “Lulu” Kishton recently claimed a title trophy in the sport.

In her senior season at Johns Hopkins University, Kishton led her school to its first NCAA Division III title. The straight-set win over defending champ Emory University completed a perfect fall season for the Blue Jays – and they did it with only 10 players.

Spartans' sizzling start surprises coach

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Defensive specialist Audrey Moir, left, and setter Logan Winn have played integral roles in Mountain View’s fast start this season.

Coach Dave Winn described himself as an optimistic person, yet even he didn’t expect his Mountain View High girls volleyball team to start the season this well. Not even close.

“I figured we’d go through some growing pains,” said Winn, whose Spartans improved to 18-4 overall with last week’s sweep of Los Gatos. “I would have been happy with a .500 season.”

Experienced Eagles aim for excellence

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Claire Kwok, blocking at left, and Katie Kishton, right, have been selected as team captains of this year’s Los Altos High girls volleyball team. Both seniors played integral roles on last season’s squad, which advanced to the state final for the first time in school history.

This may not only be the tallest girls volleyball team Peter Kim has coached in his nine years at Los Altos High, but also the one with the highest expectations.

The Eagles last year reached the state final for the first time in school history, and with four starters back – and the addition of two talented freshmen and a pair of 6-foot sophomores – they’re shooting for similar success this year.

Red rolls to victory at JOs

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Players on the Mountain View Volleyball Club’s 18 Red team, above, pose with their gold medals, plaques and trophy at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships. Seated, from left: Christian Menchaha and Chris Varsveld. Standing: Cole Gillis, Raymon Chen, Thomas Lawler, Jeffrey Kwan, Kevin Mathew, Ryan Sun, Gautham Dasari, Rajas Habbu and Jarrett Anderson. Not pictured: Ben Airola and coaches Jonah Carson, Tyler Hinz, Tyler Rigg, Todd Hollenbeck and Paul Leon.

When the season began last fall, coach Jonah Carson impressed upon his players that every one of them would be critical to the success of the Mountain View Volleyball Club’s 18 Red boys team.

That proved to be the case, as the squad won the 18 Open Division of the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships last month by getting contributions from every player.

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