Last year at
this time, the Pacifica Christian girls volleyball team was rolling through its schedule on a way to a
CIF Southern Section Division 4A championship game appearance against Rolling
entered the contest having already disposed of Rolling Hills Prep earlier in
the season and just about gone roughshod everyone else on its way to posting
an outstanding 30-2 mark.
went through the first founds of the CIF championship tournament dispatching
Duarte, Cate, Archer School for Girls, and St. Anthony with relative ease, sweeping
those four teams by winning 12 games and dropping only two. But against Rolling
Hills Prep, the magic stopped. So did Pacifica Christian’s dream of a title.
Seawolves dropped the first set 25-15, and wound up coming up on the short of
the stick, losing to Rolling Hills Prep, 3-2. It was a devastating defeat, said Pacifica
Christian head coach Julie Bennett. Bennett, who was assistant coach to Billy
Allen last season, said it loss was a tough one to swallow, especially for the
heartbroken,” Bennett said. “Everyone felt like they let everyone else down.
They were very upset.”
returning stars Grace Minchin and Maile Lane back in the fold, Pacifica
Christian seems to have responded to that defeat to do quite well this season.
The Seawolves are just coming off winning the Brentwood Tournament, and have
recorded another stellar season, rolling to a 16-4 overall record after beating
Buckley, and sitting on top of the Liberty League volleyball standings.
Lane, who leads the team in kills and digs, are the top players for the
Seawolves. Minchin, who is weighing where she will be attending college in the
fall, is a player that Bennett sees as being good enough to play at the next
level. The first year head coach feels the same about Lane, who is just a
can always count on them,” Bennett said. "Grace Minchin, she’ll be playing
somewhere at the next level. Maile Lane will be playing somewhere.”
has other players who have also stepped up to the plate and contributed as
well. Elizabeth Hooks (serves) and Shannon Volpis (blocks) are a couple other
players that the Seawolves counted on this season.
“We have a
lot of girls from last year’s team,” Bennett said. “It is a good combination of
leadership. Everyone has a different role.”
But all in
all, this has been a season of learning on the fly for both coach and players. One
of the adjustments has been teaching her team about getting a bit tougher, said
in the team is something she has to continually work on, said Bennett. After
going through a mid-season slump where the team dropped a couple of games, that
toughness seems to have come around just in time for the postseason.
“I have a
different style of coaching,” Bennett said. As a female the players can relate
more emotionally. I have been trying to work with them on their mental
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