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The St. Monica Mariners libero Blake Springer returns the ball during the third set against the Katella Knights at home Tuesday night.
Photo by Roger Morante
The St. Monica Mariners libero Blake Springer returns the ball during the third set against the Katella Knights at home Tuesday night.

Sports, St. Monica, Volleyball, Santa Monica

Mariners Rekindle Confidence With First Round Playoff Victory Over Knights

St. Monica Mariners Reece Andavolgyi prepares to serve during the third set against the Katella Knights at home Tuesday night.
Photo by Roger Morante
St. Monica Mariners Reece Andavolgyi prepares to serve during the third set against the Katella Knights at home Tuesday night.

Update #1 Mariners Lose to Shadow Hills In Round 2

Posted Nov. 7, 2012, 12:24 pm

Roger Morante / Sports Editor

The St. Monica Mariners volleyball team beat the Katella High School Knights (6-11) in three straight sets 25-17, 25-16, and 25-20 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs at home Tuesday night before losing to Shadow Hills in the Second round Thursday night.

St. Monica's Volleyball Head Coach Brenda Gonzalez thought that the Mariners "did great," against the Katella Knights.

"They came out with a lot of energy and I was really excited that they took the challenge," said Gonzalez. "They came out strong instead of being a little bit low on energy like we have been in some of the past matches so I was excited for them."

Gonzalez thought everybody did well and that the Mariners team combination was good against the Knights.

"I hope this gives us a little more confidence and gives us a little more eagerness to be part of the game again," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez also thought that libero Blake Springer stepped up her game in the match and that contributed to the first playoff victory.

With the win, the Mariners advanced to round two of the playoffs but lost 3-1 away against Shadow Hills Thursday, Nov. 8 to bring their season to a close.

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