Lady spikers end CIF journey against Ontario Christian

by Lydia Gee

photo taken by Dustin Vu

Concluding league with an overall undefeated 10-0 record, the lady spikers earned their third consecutive league championship title, but fell out of the Division 5 playoffs in the second round.

Against the Ontario Christian Knights, the Almont League champions suffered a defeat in an away match on Oct. 20, putting an end to their CIF endeavors.  The team fought to qualify for a spot in the quarter finals but fell short with set scores of 15-25, 20-25 and 19-25, respectively.

“The girls played really well together. Going into season I knew CIF was going to be difficult. The CIF committee decided to move up Schurr volleyball to Division 5 and the girls got a really tough bracket pairing; the Ontario Christian Knights  are the number one ranked team,” said Varsity Coach Jorge SalasOrtiz. “I couldn’t be any prouder for their effort. They played with a lot of heart only to fall to the first seated team. This year’s group was always up for any challenge, never complained and just continued to work hard. I was always impressed with their effort.”

Based on seating, the spikers were scheduled to play the Windward Wildcats at home on Oct. 18 for the first round of CIF; with set scores of 25-16, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-16; the girls emerged victorious 3-1.

“The most memorable thing about this season was playing with amazing teammates who became like my family, working with great coaches that encouraged us to work hard and winning an undefeated league title.  As a senior I will miss going to practice, having fun and laughing with the girls, riding the bus and having team bonding. We always brought laughter and joy, which brought us closer,” said senior Yesenia Flores.

Varsity completed their final league game away defeating the Bell Gardens Lancers 3-0, with set scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 26-24- securing another league championship title, Oct. 9.

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