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Bugle Athlete Spotlight: Kaylani Moncada

By Stany Hernandez

Kaylani Moncada is the captain of the Lady Eagles Volleyball team and an outstanding key player. 

This season has been an exciting one, ending in the volleyball team going to CIF playoffs. They have set their mark on John Glenn history as they have been the first team since 2009 to go to the postseason (see our season recap).

When asked how it felt to learn of this information Kaylani recalled how her heart was racing as she remembered being short of CIF her freshman year via tiebreaker with Oxford Academy and that this year’s team had finally done it. As captain, Kaylani describes this experience as bittersweet, saying, “I still can’t believe [I’m leaving], I feel sad about it because, eventually, I have to let go, but I just don’t know how to. Playing for Glenn Volleyball is a part of me now but what makes me happy about it is that the plans ahead of me are greater.” She has been a member of the varsity volleyball since her freshman year as the only freshman on the team. 

One of the most amazing highlights of the season was when she hit a season high of 40 kills in a game against Whitney High School. She recounted the situation saying, “I was surprised myself! It didn’t feel like 40 kills and my arm didn’t feel tired. I just wanted more and more, but everything was God’s work.”

She is a very humble player, thanking her family, her family, and coaches constantly for their support. She especially gives credit to Coach Reyes for constantly motivating her, even after a rough year with only one win last year. She said that Reyes would make sure to talk to her and reassure her after every game. He told her that the next season would be a great one, and he was right. She is really passionate about this sport and has grown from the season they experienced last year.

Kaylani plans to continue her volleyball journey in college, hopefully attending Pepperdine University without any end in sight.

Glenn Volleyball Season in Review

Girls make the CIF playoffs for the first time in 13 years

By Laura Gomez

The John Glenn girls’ varsity volleyball team had quite the season, with this team being the first in over a decade to make it to the CIF playoffs.

This year, we came a long way toward qualifying for playoffs for the first time since 2009. With an overall record of 10-8, going 5-5 in the 605 League, it is safe to say that this can be attributed to the hard work, dedication, and energy everyone contributed throughout the season. Through all the doubts from many people here at Glenn, the team worked diligently to prove the doubters wrong and did so.

Being the first team to make it to CIF from the 605 League was a huge accomplishment. Every game we play is like an adrenaline rush; you only care about not letting the ball drop. Everything else, the world, the audience, and the pain, is a blur. When Coach Reyes told us we were going to CIF, everyone became ecstatic. The feeling was indescribable. That was one of the best moments of my life. Sharing it as a team, a program, and a school is even better. Even though we didn’t make it far in the playoffs, being able to say that we went out with pride is an honor because John Glenn High School never goes to CIF.

One of the most memorable games this season was against Whitney High School on Sep 27, 2022, with a victory of 3-2. It was astonishing to see senior outside hitter Kaylani Moncada with a career-high of 40 “kills.”

Last season was a rough patch to cover and recuperate from. This was the year we returned from Covid. This came with plenty of problems: Everyone was out of shape, and no one came to summer practices. It was just a messy season overall. When asked about what makes this season special, Coach Reyes stated: “Based on last year and only winning one game, and seeing how we are still beginners, this being a second year for a lot of people, we’re learning how to compete and win.”

This is what our Captain Kaylani Moncada had to say about the possibility of making the playoffs a few weeks prior to qualifying for CIF: “Definitely. There’s always a chance, even if it’s a wild card. We work so well together, and I know we will earn our spot in CIF. We definitely have the potential for a spot.”

To sum up our season: We were the first team to make it to CIF from the 605 League. We have made a lot of progress, we have created better chemistry as a team, we have had genuine fun, we get bread, and we are the dream team.

We may have had some ugly wins, but it has come to the point where we will take anything we can get.