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Prep volleyball: Size spills SCCS

Bigger Hemet team ousts Cardinals

Posted: November 11, 2010 10:33 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

A scrappy Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team fought its way to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IVA playoffs with defense and effort.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Hemet High’s height advantage was too much to overcome and they fell 3-0 in the second round of the playoffs on Thursday at Santa Clarita Christian.

After being overpowered 25-9 in the first game, SCCS dug in but couldn’t avoid dropping the next two 25-20 and 25-16 to lose the match.

SCCS head coach Darcy Brown said the size disadvantage was too much to overcome.

“It was basically a battle of David vs. Goliath,” Brown said, also explaining that Hemet had more than 10 times as many students as SCCS. “For us to have so many great rallies with this team, I’m really proud of the way they played.”

Despite having played against larger teams this season, Cardinals setter Joanna Masopust said the Bulldogs’ size made it difficult for SCCS to establish its offense.

“We couldn’t get enough of our attack going early, and we had trouble making our passes,” said Masopust, who led the team with 11 assists and added five kills. “But our defense kept us in the game, and our front line did a great job.”

In the second game, Hemet (16-5) kept its momentum and raced out to a 5-1 lead, but the Cardinals clawed their way back into the game.

SCCS came within two points at 14-12, but it couldn’t get any closer in the game.

In addition to the size advantage, the Bulldogs’ passing kept the Cardinals off balance every time SCCS tried to start its comeback.

“Our offense was on fire tonight and our passing was nails, and yeah, the height does help out a little bit,” said Janie Van Ryn, who filled in as the Hemet’s head coach for the game due to an illness. “Their blocks weren’t as effective, and we were able to guide them a little bit.”

SCCS fought back in the third game as well, thanks to help from libero Olivia Gwinn, who led the team with 16 digs.

But ultimately, another late rally couldn’t help the Cardinals overcome another early deficit.

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