NORTHWEST GLENDALE — It’s been a process throughout the season, but the Hoover High girls’ volleyball team is showing noticeable signs of improvement.
That’s the viewpoint Hoover Coach Charles Min stressed after Hoover suffered a 25-19, 25-20, 26-24 Pacific League home loss against Arcadia on Thursday afternoon.
“Internally, we have an opportunity to do something and that’s continuing to get better,” said Min, whose team fell to 3-7, 1-2 in league following the first of two season matches against Arcadia. “We are trying to stay humble and keep putting the effort in.”
Hoover displayed an admirable effort against Arcadia (6-3, 2-1). The Tornadoes held late leads in the second and third games, but couldn’t solve the Apaches and their wealth of experience.
Min said perhaps the Tornadoes will learn a lesson from Thursday.
“The next time we play Arcadia, I know they will be tougher,” Min said. “At the same time, I think we are talented.
“At times, I don’t think they realize how talented they are. Arcadia, historically, has always had solid teams. I think we can compete with them, and it’s just getting used to it.”
Hoover held an 18-13 advantage in the second game on a kill by Shaina Barrett, who registered eight kills and 13 digs. However, the Apaches closed out on a 13-2 run to go up 2-0.
The Tornadoes stayed close throughout the third game. A Barrett kill gave Hoover a 7-4 lead before Arcadia used a 7-1 run to take an 11-8 lead.
Hoover then used an 8-1 spurt to build a 15-12 lead. Nicole Mirzakhanian had three kills in that stretch.
Arcadia then took a 20-17 lead on a kill by Catherine Su, who finished with 13 kills. Hoover led, 22-20, before Arcadia rallied to make it 24-22. The Tornadoes then fought off a pair of match-points before Arcadia collected the last two points.
Barrett said the Tornadoes, who got six kills from Lilit Chaparyan and 13 digs from Samantha Flores, can continue to improve.
“We can build from this and we notice our mistakes,” Barrett said. “I thought we had that third game, but we just couldn’t finish.
“We have to work on reading the hitters and be ready for them.”
The teams will meet again at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Arcadia.