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 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.