Pacifica Christian Girls Volleyball Team Back In Title Game

Seawolves defeat top-ranked Cate in volleyball semis

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013, 5:54:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

Pacifica Christian volleyball team after defeating Cate to advance to the 2013 CIF Southern Section Division 4-A championship game.
Photo by Dennis Freeman
Pacifica Christian volleyball team after defeating Cate to advance to the 2013 CIF Southern Section Division 4-A championship game.

The Pacifica

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

this weekend.

Just last

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.

After

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.

The

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.

Volpis had

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.

“It feels

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,

Bennett said.

“The last

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

hearts.”

Last year,

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.

“It’s amazing,”

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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