The Aragon volleyball team has not won the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division in a long time, and one of the goals heading into this season was to change that fortune.
“That goal is still there and we’re hoping to make a run at it,” Aragon coach Netty Gennaro said.
Aragon (21-5, 5-2 PAL Bay entering play Thursday) is currently in third place and its only league loses are to second-place Carlmont and first-place Menlo-Atherton.
“We gave Carlmont a good run,” Gennaro said. “We let them back in the game and we can’t do that.”
The Dons were up 2-0 in their match against Carlmont before falling in five sets.
“We need to finish off the match,” Gennaro said.
Their match against Menlo-Atherton was similar. Aragon went ahead early in sets, but fell 3-0.
Gennaro is in the third year of her second stint as the coach for Aragon and wanted to see more out of her team this season.
“I wanted them to work a lot harder this year,” Gennaro said.
Training became longer and more intense this offseason as the Dons continue to work on “the little things” in practice, highlighting service return, serving and passing.
Aragon played in three preseason tournaments and won at least five matches in each event.
The Dons won all six of their matches in the San Lorenzo Tournament and won the first five in the other two before losing the final match.
“They’ve done really well in the tournaments we’ve been in,” Gennaro said.
The Dons enter the second round of league play this week and still have a shot to take that elusive league title.
“We’re back on the right track,” Gennaro said. “Their goal is not out of reach.”
Aragon returns seven seniors and that experience has been a big part to the team’s early success.
“They’ve been playing for me for three years; they know how I work,” Gennaro said. “It’s been a much smoother transition this year.”
Seniors Jessica Navarro, Jamie Moore and Stephanie Miller have led on and off the court.
“They’ve helped the juniors that are on the team,” Gennaro said.
Navarro and Moore have combined for 198 kills with a team-high 109 and 89 kills respectively through the team’s first 26 games.
Miller has played a big part in those kills with 228 assists.
Freshman Miranda Taylor has contributed immediately. Taylor has provided much needed defense with 30 blocks and 14 digs.
Aragon lost in the quarterfinals of Central Coast Section Division II playoffs last season and has aspirations of getting farther.
“They want to do really well in CCS,” Gennaro said. “They’re more focused on playing together and finishing the season strong.”