The Pajaronian: Seahawks Primed to Make Run at Conference Title | Women’s volleyball

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Mount Madonna School alumna Paola Jacobs (’20) attends Cabrillo College and plays for its womens volleyball team. The team was profiled recently in The Pajaronian.

The Pajaronian, 10/12/2023, “Seahawks primed to make run at conference title | Women’s volleyball,” story by Gordon Kass; photos by Jonathan Natividad.

The Cabrillo College women’s volleyball team geared up during its preseason portion of the schedule in order to compete for the upcoming conference season, facing some of the top teams in the state and being competitive with the top three of San Joaquin Delta, Sierra and Feather River colleges.

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Cabrillo College sophomore Paola Jacobs will help the Seahawks women’s volleyball team battle in the Coast Conference North Division in the fall. (Jonathan Natividad/special to The Pajaronian)

Last week, they traveled to Saratoga to meet another strong squad in West Valley College and gave the Vikings a run for their money in a most unusual way.

The Seahawks rallied back from a big deficit but fell in five sets (25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 24-26, 15-11) in non-conference action Oct. 4.

The formula for upsetting a higher-ranked team, such as West Valley, on their home court does not include dropping the first two sets and falling behind 6-0 in the third.

However, it does include resilience, adjusting your defense and offense mid-match and with a lot of grit.

“It shows our diligence and resilience,” Cabrillo’s Paola Jacobs said. “We used every ounce of energy we had and put up a fight.” Read more


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