Girls varsity volleyball plays first CCS game at Watsonville

Kriti Garg

Check here for updates on a tense first CCS game

Photo by Karishma Mehrotra.

Varsity girls volleyball swept the Watsonville Wildcatz 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-21) to advance to the second round of CCS.

The Matadors took control early while the Wildcatz had to adjust to playing against a team from the higher-ranked De Anza League. Through the second and third sets, Watsonville started to provide stiff competition, including their 11-2 start in the third game. However, the Matadors came back to tie the set at 18 before pulling away with a win. The Matadors will play first-seeded Palo Alto High School Vikings at Valley Christian High School at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13. They have lost both meetings against the Vikings, who finished their season 34-1.

Last update, from reporter Karishma Mehrotra.

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Senior Alex Chiu leaps to set the ball as the Watsonville blockers wait to see which way the ball will go.  Photo by Kevin Tsukii.
Although the third game was mighty close, the Matadors end with a win against the Watsonville Wildcatz. Wastonville came alive with an 11 to 2 run to start the set. Bumping up the score from a Watsonville leas, the game was almost the an end with an 18 to 18 tie. The five aces from sophomore Serena Chew contributed greatly. The matadors then pull away with several kills to a 25 to 21. Winning all three games, the Matadors go home with smiles on their faces.

Sophomore libero Serena Chew discusses the team’s win and their hopes in their continued journey through CCS.

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Second update, from reporter Dickson Tsai. 

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MV wins the second game, 25-20, and is now up 2-0 in the match. Watsonville’s serves have given the Matadors’ back row some trouble, leading to weaker front row hits. However, the Matadors found their way near the end of the set with strong defense. When the Matadors had to hit a down ball, libero sophomore Serena Chew dug Watsonville’s ensuing hit, allowing senior Samantha Barry to easily hit the ball for a point.

The girls varsity volleyball team beat Watsonville High School in their first CCS match on Nov. 10, sending them to quarter finals against Palo Alto on Nov. 13. Photo by Karishma Mehrotra.First update, from reporter Karishma Mehrotra.

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Monta Vista wins the first game against Watsonville, 25-10, both the defense and front row are looking good. Watsonville has made the same mistakes—despite a loud and enthusiastic Watsonville crowd, front row senior Alex Chiu and junior Stephanie Zhang are stepping up with awesome plays and creating a stable set up for kills.

Girls varsity volleyball play Watsonville High School at 7 p.m. today for the first CCS match. The volleyball team finished their regular season ranked at sixth place in their new De Anza league, one league higher than last year’s, with a healthy advantage over Watsonville.