Volleyball finishes league play in second place, earns home-court advantage

Luke Holthouse

With wins in the first two sets against league rival St. Francis in the crucial penultimate game of the Wolverines’ season yesterday, the  boys’ volleyball team needed to win only one of the next three sets to claim home-court advantage in the first round of CIF playoffs. Though St. Francis nearly came back to winning the match, taking the next two sets and leading late in the decisive fifth set, the Wolverines held off the comeback and got the victory.

Despite a loss to Loyola today in straight sets, the Wolverines will still finish in second place in Mission League standings behind the undefeated Cubs. Loyola won the league undefeated last year and players expected the Cubs would do so again this year. The second place finish in league guarantees the Wolverines will have a home game in the first round of CIF playoffs.

“This one was really good for us,” Hugo de Castro-Aberger ’13 said after the St. Francis win. “We’ve now secured second place and we’ll be getting a home game for playoffs. That was our goal from the beginning of the season.”