Christian volleyball team waited a year to get back to the CIF Southern Section
Division 4-A championship game. Now they’re
back. The Seawolves defeated Cate in five sets to advance to the title game
month, Cate had beaten Pacifica Christian in four sets to knock off the
Seawolves from their top ranking perch. Tuesday night, Pacifica Christian
returned the favor on the Rams. Cate came into the CIF Division 4-A semifinals
as the top-ranked team and ranked No. 6 in the state.
Led by Maile
Lane, Grace Minchin and Shanon Volpis, the Seawolves effectively erased the Rams’
rankings. Minchin produced 20 kills, while Lane came up with 19 kills for the
Seawolves against the Rams.
dropping the fourth set, Pacifica Christian won the tiebreaker to claim a five
set win at Brentwood High School. Pacifica Christian had to go the distance to beat
Cate, claiming a 25-13 in the first set before dropping the set 20-25.
Seawolves got their groove back to snag the third set 25-22. The back and forth
match then saw Cate win the fourth set. Coming out with renewed energy with a
pro-Pacifica Christian crowd behind them, the Seawolves played their into the
CIF championship game with a 15-11 fifth set win.
six blocks and Lane and Chloe DeRoon both came up with 10 digs apiece to pace
the Seawolves (22-5) to the win. Coach Julie Bennett said it felt good for the
Liberty League champions to get back to the title game.
fantastic,” Bennett said. “The girls did a really good job of battling through
adversity. Momentum was changing all over the place. They fought so hard. Both
teams fought, fought and fought. In the end, we were able to battle through
adversity better. I’m really proud of them.”
There was a
distinct difference in the way the Seawolves played Cate the first time around,
time we played them we kind of played not to lose as opposed to playing to win,”
Bennett said. “The focus was to do everything you can to win. The focus was the
match at hand. I think we were confident coming into it and we’ve been
preparing in practice and the girls have working really hard.”
Lane said it
was a matter of will that determined the outcome of the contest.
“We had to
keep pushing because they kept pushing back,” Lane said. “We had to push more.
We had to use our best assets. That’s why we won. We had to use all of our
Pacifica Christian lost in five sets to Rolling Hills Prep in the championship
match. Lane said feels tremendous getting back to the CIF title game.
said Lane. “We deserve to go back. We
worked so hard to be there. It means the world to our coaches, our team, to
people who left the team that wanted to win.”
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