The boys beach volleyball team started their league play last week against Uni at UC High. The Bucs lost their opening match of the season 4-1, with the win notched by Zander Caufield and Andy Knight.
Coach Nikki Caufield said of their opening match: "Uni has a strong program that plays in a lot higher division than us so we came in as an underdog. When we played them three years ago we didn't win a match.
“We won one of the matches today and the teams of Ian Briski/Dusty Schraeder and Jackson Priest /Jake Smyrnos ended up losing by only a couple of points, which means that their games came down to one or two plays,” Caufield said.
Caufield noted that overall, the boys played tough
“I think if we were to play them again away from their home courts we could pick up a win," Caufield added.
The Bucs play their second league match against Cathedral at Cathedral High School.
Caufield said of the prospects for the season: "We have a solid core of returning boys and a large group of new players that are steadily improving. We face the tough prospect throughout the season of having to play all of our matches ‘away’ because MBHS doesn't have on-campus sand courts like most of the other high schools.
“We are going to be doing a fundraiser this season to try to build on-campus courts and will be looking for community support,” Caufield noted.
The girls volleyball team, under head coach Steve Upp, is off to a solid 6-3 start.
The Bucs won their first league match defeating Christian in three sets last Friday. This was a big win for a Mission Bay team that went 0-8 in league action only a year ago.
Mission Bay was to meet Coronado and Patrick Henry this week, respectively.
According to Upp, senior Bethany Kepner continues to lead the team in offense with impressive kill numbers. Junior Jesse Grigolite is leading the team in ace serves, while fellow junior Chloe Gallego leads the team in digs.
“The team is improving with each match,” Upp noted.
The Bucs, under head coach Kris Auer, came into play this week with a record of 2-3.
According to Auer, Emily Crissman is a goal-scoring machine. Clara Sandoval continues to be the engine in the center midfield. Auer noted that Sandoval leads by example every day and is a wonderful role model to all of the younger athletes.
“Early in the season we let a couple close ones slip away,” Auer commented. “We could easily be 4-1. We are a young team and young teams make mistakes. My job is to minimize those errors and put us in a good position to be successful. We have shown tremendous growth in the last two weeks.”
Mission Bay is slated to host Clairemont on Sept. 20 and visit Valhalla High Monday, Sept. 24.
On the gridiron, Mission Bay, under first-year head coach Dane Roman, looks to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Vincent Memorial High 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.
The Bucs opened the season with a 38-14 victory over San Ysidro High.
In the weeks to follow, Mission Bay has fallen to Eldorado High, University City High and Rancho Buena Vista High, respectively.
Following its home date with Vincent Memorial High, Mission Bay will close out the month on Sept. 28 by hosting San Diego High.