Mira Costa’s women’s volleyball falls to Catholic Cathedral in Power Classic final – Daily Breeze
REDONDO BEACH Mira Costa’s women’s volleyball team fought all weekend in the Redondo Molten Power Classic tournament.
The Mustangs fought back after a one set deficit in their semi-final game against Newport Harbor to win in three sets and secure the right to play against Cathedral Catholic in the final.
Mira Costa (21-7) fought hard against the Dons, taking Cathedral Catholic to limit in the first set before losing 25-23. In the second set, the Dons took control early and headed for a 25-17 win to win the game and the championship on Saturday.
“They are fantastic. In order for us to beat them, we had to have played our best volleyball after a few days and that didn’t happen, ”said Mira Costa coach Cam Green. “I am really proud of us. The fight we showed, the volleyball IQ and the relentless effort we talk about all the time was exceptional. I am really proud of it. It has been an incredible tournament and a great weekend that will get us ready for the playoffs in a few weeks.
In the first set of the championship game, Mira Costa faced the talented Dons battling a four-point deficit thanks to play from All-Tournament selection Isabel Wilmot and away striker Drew Wright. Wilmot finished with eight kills and Wright had 11 kills in the game.
With the Mustangs led 16-12, Wright started the rally with back-to-back wins. Wilmot then added two kills to tie the set at 18. After two mistakes the Mustangs gave the Dons a 22-20 lead, Wilmot came back with a kill to reduce the lead to one, then Wright tied the game again. set to 22.
With a score tied at 23, Cathedral Catholic (26-4) gave the green light on a victory for setter Faith Tyson, then Anna Pringle closed the set with an ace to give the Dons a 25-23 victory.
In the second set, Cathedral Catholic took a 12-6 lead thanks to junior Ryleigh Patterson who finished with 12 kills in the game. Mira Costa tried to stay the course as Wright recorded four kills in a 5-2 mini-series that reduced the Dons’ lead to 14-11. However, it was as close as Mira Costa would get as the Dons closed the game by scoring 11 of the next 17 points to end the game.
“I feel like we played really well,” said Wright. “We have worked very hard to improve. We just needed a little more energy in the last game and we didn’t have any.
“In the semi-final we lost early and had to change our mind and come together as a team, which we did today. It’s really good to be able to play against a team like this which is almost the best team in the country. I feel so happy that we were able to be there with them. We fought hard against them, which is good.
In the semifinals, Mira Costa beat Newport Harbor 21-25, 25-20, 15-9.
“We played really well today,” said Wilmot. “For us, getting here has been a real achievement for us. I can’t wait to see what else we do this season.
“We came together collectively today and fought in the semi-finals to help him turn in our favor. This tournament is going to help us when we get to the playoffs because it will help us keep our mentality when we face tougher teams. This will give us an advantage.