LONG BEACH – The Redondo ladies volleyball group displayed its depth in a 25-12, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16 victory over the Lengthy Seaside Poly on Tuesday.
Redondo (7-2) used his balanced assault to topple a younger however fearsome Paulie group that made issues fascinating within the ultimate two units.
Redondo coach Tommy Chaffins pushed his group to beat a robust push from Paulie (0-2) beginning within the third set.
“Our opponent raised the extent of his recreation,” Chaffins stated. “I do not suppose it was a tactical factor, it was simply ‘We higher stage up our recreation,’ and the ladies replied. It wasn’t a Knut Rockne speech or something like that.”
Mele Coral-Blagojevich led the Sea Hawks with 15 kills, whereas including 4 aces and two blocks. Freshman AB Zimmerman contributed eight objectives in addition to two aces and a block. Setters Maddie Collins and Bella Jones have been a formidable passing pair. Collins led Redondo with 34 assists, whereas Jones added 15.
Collins highlights the significance of passes in Redondo’s recreation plan.
“It begins from the cross,” she stated. “I really feel like our passers have completed an excellent job in the present day and all the time. We like to run in the course of our group, and it’s very useful with an excellent cross.”
Sania Kimbrough scored seven objectives and added a block to Paulie’s lead. Haley McGinest made 12 assists, whereas Kristen Dier and Layla Moore contributed to the protection with three blocks every.
Libero Taylor Mercado’s protection additionally stored the Jackrabbits up within the match with a gradual stream of Dougs.
Mercado’s recreation impresses Paulie coach Megan Moenoa.
“I have been telling folks about Taylor for the previous yr,” Moinoa stated, “he is only a pure athlete. I do not coach a lot with him. The one factor I do with Tai is to offer him my very own. The instincts encourage her to belief and work exhausting, to not hesitate. She type of takes care of the remainder. It is her confidence in what an excellent athlete she actually is.”
Redondo registered a simple win within the first two units.
Sturdy play from Coral-Blagojevich, who hit two aces at the beginning of the primary set, put the Sea Hawks in a commanding lead from which they won’t look again.
It was the identical in set two, however Paulie started to indicate indicators of late life. Polly scored 4 unanswered factors, culminating in a kill by Cynthia Hinojosa, earlier than Redondo gained the 25–18 set on a service error.
The third set was tight, with Redondo and Pauli buying and selling leads, with neither group in a position to make a giant revenue. The Sea Hawks may have gotten away if not for Mercado’s protection, who had made a number of digs within the set. A forceful block by Kimbrough and a set-winning kill by Imazleh Goggins gave Paulie the win.
Set 4 started in the identical method because the earlier third set, however switched to bigger back-to-back performs by Redondo. First, a diving dig by Libero Summer time Supik saved a degree that will ultimately go its solution to Redondo when killed by Viktoria Henkel. Then AB Zimmerman stopped the Paulie assault for an 18-13 redondo lead, the most important of the set.
Zimmerman credit her group with the consolation she felt early in her college profession.
“From the start, from day one, it was all actually inclusive,” Zimmerman stated. “I felt like I used to be. It actually helped deliver out my confidence. And I’ve confidence in my group.”
Set on a kill by Redondo Coral-Blagojevich and the match would take 25-16.