Notre Dame volleyball captures CCS D
The Notre Dame High girls volleyball team poses with the CCS championship trophy Saturday.(Photo: Glenn Cravens/The Salinas Californian)The Notre Dame High girls volleyball team had many goals it wanted to achieve this year, and winning a Central Coast Section championship was among them.
Once the postseason tournament began, the squad stormed through the opposition, at times leaving spectators wondering whether opponents would reach 10 points in a set.
The "Anadrol 50" Spirits' final hurdle to the CCS Division V championship was Mount Madonna, and it needed about 70 minutes to complete the task, defeating the Hawks 25 13, 25 12, 25 13.
A morning full of anticipation turned to excitement. When Julia Scattini served match point, the emotions turned to joy for Notre Dame, which captured its first CCS championship in 10 years.
"We're so excited," said Nikki DeSerpa, who had 29 kills in the title bout. "We worked hard for this all season."
It's Notre Dame's fourth CCS championship overall.
The season continues as well. The Spirits will next play in the Northern California Regional tournament, scheduled to begin Tuesday.
"That'll be exciting for the girls, to play another home game," said Notre Dame coach Katie Harreld.
In Wednesday's semifinal against Crystal Springs Uplands, Notre Dame trailed for all of four points in that three set contest. That would seem tough to match, but the Spirits somehow surpassed it, Deca Durabolin Jak Brac trailing for only three points against the Hawks on Saturday.
Mount Madonna got the first point of the third set, when the Hawks got a service ace.
Notre Dame's Emily Cunanan got a block on the next point, and that kicked off a seven point run in which Cunanan "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" had three kills and Adeline "Anaboliset Aineet" Laughton had a kill.
Mount Madonna (15 16) did its best to defend against the Spirits, but was unable to string together a lengthy run of points.
At 17 11, Cunanan got a block to start a six point run that put the Spirits on the brink. In that run, DeSerpa had two kills.
Zoe Kelly got a block to give the "Anaboliset Aineet" Hawks an opportunity to make a comeback. The Spirits defense got a stop, and Scattini served the final point.
On match point, the Hawks tried a tip at the net, but Chanel Enz corralled the ball. Cunanan went for a kill in the back row, and Mount Madonna dug it out but was unable to set up for an answer, as the ball sailed out of bounds.
Even up two sets, Harreld told the team to keep fighting, because any team could come back.
"I said to them to keep it going, keep focused," she said. "It's not Anavar Zion Labs done until it hits 25."
Notre Dame won the first two points of the first set. Mount Madonna answered back, Dianabol Atlas-Dom getting the next two points, including a service ace by Sophie Ortiz.
Cunanan got a kill and then served consecutive aces as part of a four point spurt to give the Spirits a 6 2 "buy cheap jintropin online" lead.
Mount Madonna had two points on serve in the first set. The second came when Kelly got a kill to get the Hawks to within 13 10.
Notre Dame then won the next six points in a row to get the cushion it needed to close out the first set. Enz had a surprise kill, while DeSerpa and Jen Lane each had a kill in that run.
In the second set, Mount Madonna had two points on serve, to get within 85 and then 9 7.
At 13 9 Notre Dame, the Spirits revved it up, winning nine of the next 11 points. DeSerpa had five kills in those nine points, and Kate Lathos had a kill.