They root for brothers at rival schools

Just before leaving for the Saturday afternoon semifinals and finals of the Stockton Classic last weekend, one of the top college football games on TV was Vanderbilt upsetting Georgia. Vandy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels was on crutches after suffering an injury, but started the game and has been starting for the Commodores all season.

Gabriella Carta-Samuels (left) and Alexa Dryer play for state-ranked Mitty volleyball team.

Gabriella Carta-Samuels (left) and Alexa Dryer play for state-ranked Mitty volleyball team.

Once arriving at the Lincoln High gym, and then FAB 50 ranked Archbishop Mitty of San Jose took the floor, it didn’t take long to notice that the Monarchs have a Carta-Samuels on their roster. Yes, that would be Austyn’s little sister, junior libero Gabriella Carta-Samuels. Gabriella also is the younger sister of Elite 11 quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, who is one of the top football players in Northern California but who doesn’t go to Archbishop Mitty. He instead attends all-boys school Bellarmine Prep of San Jose.

Gabriella also is not the only Mitty volleyball player with a highly regarded brother playing for a rival school. Alexa Dryer, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, has a twin brother, Jack Dryer, who is a 6-foot-8, 280-bound offensive tackle at Serra of San Mateo (a school that also does not have girls). Jack Dryer could be one of California’s top lineman recruits for next year.

So what happens when Mitty plays Bellarmine or Serra? Who do the girls root for?

“We love our brothers so I guess you can say we want them to do great but that our school wins,” Dryer said.

“Yep,” said Carta-Samuels. “It’s weird. And my brother (K.J.) has done so great last summer and this season.”

All three teams in question — Mitty girls volleyball, Serra football and Bellarmine football — are all currently among the top 20 in the state. And there’s no doubt that just about any school in the West Catholic Athletic League that the Carta-Samuels family or the Dryer family sends their kids to will be playing at the highest level possible.

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  1. By New S.F. Bay Area Volleyball Top 10 on October 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    […] Note: This week’s rankings do not include any Tuesday matches played this week. Also, for this week’s new State Top 20 in girls volleyball, CLICK HERE. And for a short feature on Mitty girls with top football brothers at rival schools, CLICK HERE. […]

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