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Prep volleyball: Cents exit at Los Osos

Despite Clark’s play, Saugus bows out in the second round

Posted: November 11, 2010 11:51 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Saugus’ Jaclyn Clark did everything she could to keep her team alive Thursday night.

Her efforts weren’t lost on her coaches and teammates, but they also weren’t enough to get the win.

The Centurions were eliminated in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs in a 3-0 loss at Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga.

Saugus led in two of the three games but couldn’t close out, losing 21-25, 17-25 and 21-25 at Los Osos High School.

“I think we were right there on the cusp,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose. “I think we were a little deficient in (a few) positions tonight.”

Clark led the Centurions (28-6) with 15 kills and a .500 hitting percentage on the night. She played outside hitter in the first part of the match, and switched to a back row defensive position later on, where she led the team with 16 digs.

“I think she did and outstanding job as captain and sort of keeping things in perspective for the rest of the team,” Ambrose said of Clark.

Los Osos (28-4), which is ranked No. 6 in Division IA, trailed Saugus 8-3 to open up the first game, but crawled back into it and closed the gap when it tied the score at 20-20.

From there, the Centurions had a rash of unforced errors which would prove to be their undoing throughout the night.

Saugus fell behind early in the second game and was able to mount somewhat of a comeback, but it was too late against a disciplined Grizzlies team.

The third game was nearly identical to the first. Saugus took an 11-4 lead before letting Los Osos tie it up at 20 apiece, but the Centurions ultimately made too many mistakes at important moments.

“Los Osos was very consistent and had a couple of big hitters,” Ambrose said. “They scored a lot of points but we made them work for it. We dug a lot of balls and put up a pretty good block.”

Sarah Blomgren also got into the mix for Saugus, landing seven kills. Ashley Pagan added five kills and four blocks and Ashley Guthrie had 30 assists.

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