SACRAMENTO — In its second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III volleyball playoff match Thursday, El Dorado faced a disciplined Christian Brothers that attacked early and often.
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The result was the Cougars’ fantastic season come to an end in straight sets, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17. From the first serve to the last match point, Christian Brothers controlled the match over El Dorado (20-9).
“They have a high kill rate,” El Dorado head coach Shelly Bishop said.
Both teams were close in total kills in the contest; El Dorado had 29 but Christian Brothers had 36. Falcon middle hitter, 6-foot-4 Elizabeth Robinson recorded six kills, striking them down the center of the court. That helped the Falcons soar to a 16-4 lead en route to the win.
In the second set, El Dorado provided a scare to its opponent. After the Falcons flew to a 5-1 lead, the Cougars (20-9) rallied behind the scoring of Joy Martin, who had three service points including an ace, to tie the match at 5-all. But Christian Brothers took a 6-5 lead on a kill from Natassja Bowman. Throughout the entire set, El Dorado stayed within two to six points, but Christian Brothers, leading 18-12, went on a 7-2 run to finish the set.
“We did the best we could,” Bishop said.
El Dorado led three times early in the third set, 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. But Christian Brothers rallied after the last lead that included a 14-5 run to end the Cougars’ season.
“My goal to them was to make it to the playoffs, make it into the second round,” Bishop said. “We have a super young team, but it should get much better.”
Of the 15 players on the team, only two are seniors — Julia Kirk and Kristen Van Gilder.
“Our next goal (next season) is to take sections,” Bishop said.
Kylie Haverson finished with 9 kills for El Dorado. Serena Franz followed with 7 kills and Kirk 4. Van Guilder had 10 digs and Piper Raleigh 8. Sabrina Tate had 16 assists and Riley Weinhold 9.
Golden Sierra exits second round
AUBURN — Forest Lake Christian’s senior-heavy roster and experience won out in Thursday’s second-round section Division V matchup with Golden Sierra.
The host Falcons, seeded third, eliminated the No. 6 Grizzlies 19-25, 23-25, 19-25.
“We fought very hard and came up short. We made it a very close match by exchanging points in each game until Forest Lake Christian pulled away (in each) at the end,” Golden Sierra coach Justin Cox said.
The Grizzlies were led in the first set by the strong play at the net by Paige Murchison. On the evening, the junior recorded a team-high 13 kills. It was close at 17-15 Forest Lake Christian when the Falcons ended with an 8-4 run.
Golden Sierra toughened its defense in the second set as Elise Wilson (10 digs), Jordyn Condit, Kensie Clark and Murchison all contributing.
The Grizzlies established a quick six-point lead in the third set only to fall behind 12-11. Golden Sierra had few answers for Forest Lake’s senior middle Morgan Koch who hit several balls through, around and over the Griz block.
Golden Sierra tried to come back late behind the play of senior Abby Wever (8 kills, block, 5 digs) but The Falcons held on.
Condit totaled 25 assists on the night while Brittany LaShell chipped in with 8 digs.
Golden Sierra, which ended 15-15, graduates five seniors. Its postseason appearance was the program’s 26th consecutive, second-best in the section after Ponderosa, which has 30 consecutive playoff appearances.
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