The Berkeley High Yellowjackets aren’t big disco fans, but “Stayin’ Alive” will be No. 1 on their list of priorities, when they battle league rival California High in today’s regular-season volleyball finale.
With a near-.500 record in the stacked East Bay Athletic League, the ’Jackets hope to close the season out on a high note, so as to attract a bid to North Coast Section playoffs, held later this month. BHS snapped a two-game winning streak on Tuesday evening, losing in four games at first-place Foothill, making today’s 5 p.m. showdown critical in its hunt for a postseason.
“They know the importance. They know it’s on the line,” Berkeley High coach Justin Caraway said about his squad’s mental preparation for the Cal High match. “We talked after the (Foothill) match about coming prepared to play. We’ve got to do some things much better (against the Grizzlies).”
Though Caraway was somewhat disappointed with Berkeley High’s play against the undefeated Falcons, he considers resilience one of his team’s best qualities, and expects them to regroup in time to take care of business against California High.
“One thing we work hard on is making sure we know that once a match is over, there’s nothing we can do about it,” the coach said after the Foothill loss. “It does no good to dwell on a match. You’ve got to be ready for the next one.”