Despite a rough preseason, Diamond Bar High School’s girls volleyball team came out on top as the Mt. Baldy league champions, earning a spot in the CIF playoffs by finishing league with a record of 9-1.
“It feels amazing,” senior co-captain Kimberly Flores said. “We have worked so hard and gone through a lot together as a team, and we finally have shown what kind of team we are.”
During league competition, DB’s only loss was against Chino in a five-set match. However, they defeated Chino in the teams’ second face-off, which earned the Brahmas a first place spot in the league.
The Lady Brahmas defeated Chaffey, Don Lugo and Montclair in their first round. Afterwards, they beat Chaffey and Montclair and defeated Don Lugo in four sets for the second round.
Then, in the rematches, the girls beat Chino, Ontario, Chaffey and Montclair in three sets and Don Lugo in four.
Senior co-captain Emily Chiang said she believes the volleyball team has been super successful because teams in the new league are not as strong as the teams in the Palomares League, DBHS’ prior league. Chiang’s co-captain, Flores, said that the girls are striving to improve as a team.
“Our whole team is pretty much seniors,” Flores said. “There’s 13 seniors on the team, so we’ve all been playing together for a long time. If we had to work on one thing, it would be offense.”
Throughout the season, the team practiced on increasing their amount of kills, which are ideal opportunities to score following a successful pass.
The Lady Brahmas will play their first CIF game tomorrow against Bonita at 6 p.m.