Pacifica Christian Ride Wave To CIF Volleyball Title

Seawolves claim championship with win against Laguna Blanca

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013, 6:47:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

Last year, Pacifica Christian experienced heartache

and sadness at the end of the CIF Southern Section Division 4A championship

match with Rolling Hills Prep. This year, the Seawolves were on the end of

another set of feelings as they trumped Laguna Blanca for the CIF Southern Section 4A volleyball

championship.

This time those feelings were of joy and excitement as the

Seawolves defeated the team that beaten them earlier in the season in four

sets, dropping Laguna Blanca, 25-23, 25-20, 18-25 and 25-19.

“I think we came out with fire,” said Maile Lane. “We have

experience in the finals and we know what that is like what Laguna Blanca is

feeling right now to lose. We used that to motivate us, to play well and to

play as a team.”

After having a dominant season last year, the Seawolves

entered the contest as the team to beat.  Rolling Hills Prep defeated Pacifica Christian

in five sets, snatching the CIF title away from the Seawolves, and snatching

away their dreams of winning a title. The Seawolves certainly were reminded of

that feeling when they went up against a top-ranked Laguna Blanca team on

Saturday.

Lane said the team played hard for those who didn’t a chance

of experiencing winning the championship.

“We had to do those people justice, to show we deserved it,”

Lane said.

Sometimes the road to

winning a title gets complicated with major obstacles to climb. Coach Julie

Bennett’s team did that and more when they went out and beat Laguna Blanca at

Cerritos College.

Pacifica Christian had to defeat Cate, a team that had beaten

them earlier this season, just to get to the title round. Next on the docket

for the Seawolves was to take out Laguna Blanca, which had whipped them in

three sets early in the season as well.  

The Seawolves won the

title by taking it right at Laguna Blanca, winning the first two sets with aggressive

play at the net. It started with the Seawolves’ top players Lane and Grace

Minchin leading the way. Both Lane and Minchin were dominant in their play. Right from the beginning of the first set,

Pacifica Christian was the most aggressive and animated team.

For most of the

afternoon, the Owls couldn’t match the energy that the Seawolves were putting

out. More or less, that turned out to be the difference between winning and

losing. And that was pretty much was the

tone-setter for the afternoon. The Owls came back to win the third sets,

setting up a tense fourth set. If the Owls had won the fourth set, the outcome

could have been up in the air for a fifth and deciding one.

Lane said team wasn’t about to let that happen.

“I knew we were going to come back and win the fourth game,”

Lane said. “I knew we were going to do it. I had no doubt about it at all. Most

of us were there last year, and we knew we could not let that happen.”    

The win brought on great joy for Bennett, in her first year

as head coach.

“It feels fantastic,” Bennett said. “The girls worked so

hard and really, truly deserve this. I’m really proud of them."

Bennett said last year’s heartbreaker was an extra motivator

for her team.

“Since the beginning of the season, we’ve been talking about

to remember that feeling of what it felt like to be there and being so close

and not to win,” she said.

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