Terra Nova blocks ball

Terra Nova High School seniors Devon Benham, left, and Jessica Causey block the ball against Capuchino High School on Thursday. 

The Terra Nova High School varsity girls volleyball team fell to Capuchino High School on Thursday at home in four sets, 3-1. 

The Mustangs took the victory, but it was in no way an easy match. The Tigers fought for every point and put up a relentless defense. 

“They had grit,” said Terra Nova head coach Kawann Summerville. “They stayed in it even when they were down. They kept fighting.”

Jessica Causey led the Terra Nova offense with decisive kills in the first set.  The Tigers hung just a few points behind the Mustangs but were unable to take the lead. Capuchino took the first set, 25-21. 

TNHS Senior Jessica Causey

TNHS Senior Jessica Causey spikes the ball against Capuchino High School. Adam Pardee / Tribune

“Cappuccino played hard today,” Summerville said. “We came out a bit flat, while they came out with more energy.”

Terra Nova found its footing in the second set by taking an early lead and maintaining a strong defense against Capuchino. Terra Nova held onto the lead for almost the entire set, only falling behind once before reclaiming the lead and winning its only set, 25-17. 

At 1-1, the teams entered the third set fighting for the lead. The girls fought through long rallies, neither team taking more than a point lead before Capuchino pulled away with an 11-0 scoring run. The Mustangs maintained a strong lead through the end of the set, claiming the third set, 25-15. 

Team huddle

The Terra Nova High School Girls Varisty Volleyball team huddle up before their match against Capuchino High School. 

The Tigers, down a set, were resilient and challenged the Mustangs in the fourth, and what would be the final, set of the match. Terra Nova players dove for the ball and worked together to capitalize on good setting. Lauryn Del Moral put up good defense at libero and challenged the Mustangs’ offense. 

Capuchino walked away with the victory, claiming the final set, 25-15. 

“I just commend them for fighting and keeping their heads above water,” said Summerville. “They have a lot to learn. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.They just have to hold it together sometimes when the chips are down. They just have to rise above it.”

Jessica Causey spikes the ball

TNHS Senior Jessica Causey spikes the ball against Capuchino High School. Adam Pardee / Tribune

The junior varsity girls also fell to Capuchino, 25-8, 25-12. 

Seniors Del Moral, Causey, Jaidyn Goodin, Devon Benham, Isabel Morrow and Leila Eliares will compete in their final home game of the regular season versus El Camino High School at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Terra Nova High School.


Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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