For senior Isidora “Dora” Jimenez, Nov. 7 was a bittersweet event, not only because the 2009 volleyball season was over, but because it was her last game as a Mills cyclone.
The Senior Night was a tough home game against Pacific Union College, resulting in a what can be considered a “good” loss for the Mills team.
In true Cyclone pride, Jimenez made that last game count. She enjoyed a career high, and earned match high digs with 24 digs in a four-set match, averaging six digs per set. Jimenez had a total of 224 digs in the 2009 season alone.
Oct. 6, Mills played a game against UC Santa Cruz, where Jimenez had a match high of 11 in a three-set match. A veteran player, Jimenez ended her college career ranked second in the California Pacific Conference with average digs per set at 4.1, only .2 away from the conference leader Corissa Jacomini of William Jessup.
“Dora has been an incredible leader for our team this year,” said Volleyball Coach Susan Forbes. “There is no better way to send off a senior then to have her achieve a career high on her final night! Dora has much to be proud of. She is most respected and appreciated by her coaches and teammates for her patience, supportive attitude, diligence, strong work ethic and optimism.”
As the volleyball team said thank you to its seniors Saturday, they celebrated the transitions of welcoming a new head coach, and successfully facing the challenges that come with rebuilding a team and laying the foundation for success in future season.