A volleyball season at the California School for Deaf in Fremont

It wasn’t a perfect season on the scoreboard for the California School for the Deaf Fremont girls’ volleyball team, but it was perfect in many ways.

The memories players made during a 16-game season this fall will not soon be forgotten.

They hugged, smiled and cheered for each other while communicating in American Sign Language (ASL) while their coach and 2016 graduate of the school, Farrah Harmount, led the way.

The team’s roster included Shaelyn Johnson, who does everything. In addition to volleyball, she plays basketball and softball, cheerleads, and has been named Homecoming Queen.

CSD opened in San Francisco in 1860, moved to Berkeley nine years later, and has been in its current location—a 200-acre campus in Fremont—since 1980.

The volleyball team finished this season 4-12 overall and 3-7 in its league.

California School for the Deaf's Shaila Sams (10) is hugged after her 3-0 loss to California Crosspoint Academy in the third set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
California School for the Deaf’s Shaila Sams (10) is hugged after her 3-0 loss to California Crosspoint Academy in the third set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
The California School for the Deaf bench celebrates a point against California Crosspoint Academy in the second set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group )
The California School for the Deaf bench celebrates a point against California Crosspoint Academy in the second set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group )
Shaila Sams (10) of the California School for the Deaf bats the ball against California Crosspoint Academy in the first set on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay area news group)
Shaila Sams (10) of the California School for the Deaf bats the ball against California Crosspoint Academy in the first set on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay area news group)
Shaelyn Johnson (2) of the California School for the Deaf celebrates a point against California Crosspoint Academy in the first set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay area news group)
Shaelyn Johnson (2) of the California School for the Deaf celebrates a point against California Crosspoint Academy in the first set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay area news group)
California School for the Deaf Girls volleyball head coach Farrah Harmount signs with her team after their 3-0 loss to California Crosspoint Academy in the third set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. on Tuesday October 11, 2022 (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
California School for the Deaf Girls volleyball head coach Farrah Harmount signs with her team after their 3-0 loss to California Crosspoint Academy in the third set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. on Tuesday October 11, 2022 (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Zoe Bell (1) of the California School for the Deaf reaches for the ball in the first set against California Crosspoint Academy on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California.  (Nhat V. Meyer/ Bay Area News Group)
Zoe Bell (1) of the California School for the Deaf reaches for the ball in the first set against California Crosspoint Academy on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California. (Nhat V. Meyer/ Bay Area News Group)
Students from the California School for the Deaf check in during the girls volleyball game against California Crosspoint Academy in the third set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer /Bay Area News Group)
Students from the California School for the Deaf check in during the girls volleyball game against California Crosspoint Academy in the third set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer /Bay Area News Group)
California School for the Deaf Shaila Sams (10), right, signs for California School for the Deaf football player Bodhi Amann (4) before their game against California Crosspoint Academy at California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. Tuesday Oct. 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
California School for the Deaf Shaila Sams (10), right, signs for California School for the Deaf football player Bodhi Amann (4) before their game against California Crosspoint Academy at California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. Tuesday Oct. 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Athletic coach Chloe Bell, right, works on California School for the Deaf's Shaelyn Johnson (2) before their game against California Crosspoint Academy in the first set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. Tuesday October 11.  2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Athletic coach Chloe Bell, right, works on California School for the Deaf’s Shaelyn Johnson (2) before their game against California Crosspoint Academy in the first set at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif. Tuesday October 11. 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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