Cordova volleyball squad finishes successful season

Back row: manager Trevor Dundas, assistant coach Lindsay Selmer, Inga Arvidson, Erika Galera, Asha Estes, Maya Russin, Gwethalyn Jacob, Andrea Vargas, Coach Janelle Greenwood, manager Christian Adams. Front row: Grace Collins, Jacey Pallas, Alana Esguerra, Amee Hamberger, Mia Siebenmorgen-Cresswell. Photo courtesy of Janelle Greenwood
Back row: manager Trevor Dundas, assistant coach Lindsay Selmer, Inga Arvidson, Erika Galera, Asha Estes, Maya Russin, Gwethalyn Jacob, Andrea Vargas, Coach Janelle Greenwood, manager Christian Adams. Front row: Grace Collins, Jacey Pallas, Alana Esguerra, Amee Hamberger, Mia Siebenmorgen-Cresswell. Photo courtesy of Janelle Greenwood

A young Cordova Wolverine volleyball team finished the season with an 8-4 conference record, and placed third at the regional playoffs at Cook Inlet Academy on Nov.  21-23.

“Even though we didn’t have the outcome we had hoped for, the desire, effort, mindset, and heart the girls played with was amazing”, said Coach Janelle Greenwood.

In the opening rounds, Cordova topped Ninilchik and then rallied to edge Su -Valley 3-2. 

“We lost the first two games against Su-Valley and had an injury to one of our middles.  We made a quick adjustment to the line-up and played a rotation we had never practiced before to win the last three games,” said Greenwood.

Next Cordova faced powerhouse Unalaska, a squad loaded with seniors and experience. 

“We lost, but had some great plays and worked hard”, said Greenwood.

So Cordova had to once again play Su-Valley, which had battled back through the loser’s bracket. The match went down to fifth game, which Su-Valley won 15-11, eliminating Cordova.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from my girls and am looking forward to next season and moving forward with the experience behind us to push us even farther”, said Greenwood.

Inga Arvidson and Andrea Vargas were selected to the Regional All-Conference  team.  Vargas, Alana Esguerra, and Gwethalyn Jacob were picked for the Regional All-Tournament squad, with Maya Russin, Mia Siebenmorgan-Cresswell, and Esguerra receiving regional academic awards.