The 2014 Mustang volleyball team takes its place in Mountain House High School history tonight with the school’s first official athletic contest on the Mustangs’ home ground.
Today starts the Sac-Joaquin Section fall 2014 high school sports season, and the Mountain House junior varsity team opens with a home match against the Millennium High junior varsity team at 5 p.m.
Mountain House High has only freshmen and sophomores for its first year of athletics, so there will be no varsity teams until next year. The volleyball program has both a junior varsity team and a freshman team, but just the JV team is playing tonight.
Sophomore Sasha Betts said the team was ready for a good match in front of a big crowd.
“I think we’re going to have a lot of fun and I know that all of us work really hard,” she said, adding that fan support would mean a lot. “It’s Mountain House and it’s a big community. I feel like they’re really supportive with their sports, especially at a new high school.”
Sophomore Kayse Huettis agreed that her team had worked hard to prepare for tonight.
“It’s going to be really exciting because it’s our first match as a team, as a new family,” she said. “We want to experience that all together.
Mountain House Principal Ben Fobert said the school wanted to sell tickets in advance to get an idea how many people would show up at the main gym -- 1090 S. Central Parkway at the corner of Mustang Way -- which can hold about 2,700 fans.
“It’s hard to say (how many will be there). It’s the first-ever sporting event on campus,” Fobert said. “I’d say we expect anywhere between 800 and 1,000 people.”
He said it would be just a sample of what the school should expect when it has its first home football game against Elk Grove High on Sept. 5 in the new stadium.
“We’re going to pump our student body up and get our parents to come,” he said. “We pretty much think the whole town is going to show up. People have been waiting for it.”
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