Girls volleyball loses in CIF-SS Quarter Finals



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Ryan Albert

The girls’ volleyball team lost to Corona Del Mar 1-3 in the CIF Southern Section Quarter Finals on Nov. 4.

The Wolverines started the first game fighting for the lead before gaining momentum with the help of kills from Bella Hedley ’18 and Jamie Rao ’18, and aces from Eve Baxter ’19 and Carly Wallace ’20. The girls kept the lead to win the first game 25-20.

In the second game, as a result of missed blocks and long hits, the girls quickly fell behind and found themselves five points behind Corona Del Mar. The Wolverines almost came all the way back with kills from Caroline Tilton ’19 and Jaida Hodge-Adams ’19 and repeated blocks from Rao before losing 23-25.

Game three started with the girls taking the lead over before the Sea Kings went on a six-point run due to powerful kills and Wolverine missed hits. Although there were some long rallies and strong blocks from the girls, Corona pulled away with consistently powerful kills to win the game 21-25.

The Wolverines took and held a three-point lead until the Sea Kings caught up at 14-14 and pulled ahead. The girls were stopped by blocks and were unable to prevent kills until the end of the game when they began to rally back before Corona Del Mar won 16-25.

Head coach Hayley Blanchard said the team was expecting a hard game and that they performed well.

“I think our defensive effort and serving was really good, we got them out of system a lot,” Blanchard said. “Unfortunately, when your opponent has their best player that can hit no matter what the pass, that is always going to have a negative effect.”

Although the Wolverines are no longer in contention for CIF Southern Section, they will play again Nov. 16 in the first round of Division I State.