From the sports activities archives: Woodside snap Burlingame’s volleyball profitable streak | Native
Given the suspension of athletics within the county, the Day by day Journal determined to dive into our 20-year archives to deliver readers a few of our favourite tales through the years.
SEPT. 12, 2018 — The serve obtain issues plaguing the Woodside Wildcats had been no laughing matter.
In final week’s Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division volleyball opener, the Wildcats yielded 24 service aces to Menlo-Atherton. And the opening set of Woodside’s house opener Tuesday in opposition to Burlingame was no totally different.
“M-A has actually good servers,” Woodside head coach Sonja Gavioli stated. “However after all 24 is unacceptable irrespective of who they’re. And the primary set immediately as effectively.”
Burlingame scored 5 aces in a Sport 1 win. However as Woodside junior Sarah Strus stepped to the service line after an early timeout within the second set, she was all smiles, and even couldn’t assist laughing mid-serve at one thing certainly one of her teammates cracked from the sideline.
Strus finally had purpose to smile, occurring an seven-point service run, together with three aces of her personal, because the Wildcats (1-1 PAL Bay, 7-4 general) bounced again for a four-set victory 15-25, 25-11, 25-21, 25-19 over reigning league champion Burlingame, marking the Panthers’ first league loss since Oct. 27, 2016.
Whereas Strus sparked the Sport 2 turnaround, it was exterior hitter Elena Campbell who ignited the fiery Woodside offense. Recovering from sickness, Campbell didn’t rating a kill within the opening set. Over the ultimate three units, she blew up for a match-high 19 kills.
“She’s the chief of the workforce,” Gavioli stated. “She didn’t get a kill within the first set and that’s partly why we didn’t play effectively. … I’m proud of how she performed however she’s normally tremendous spectacular.”
Campbell’s first kill of the night was the primary service level of Strus’ run in Sport 2, a powerful back-row pipe to present the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. A kill by way of the center by senior Mckenna Brown and three Strus aces later, and Woodside by no means regarded again within the set.
A change on the libero place additionally helped Woodside proper the ship, particularly with serve obtain. Senior Maddie Mendes is certainly one of three gamers platooning on the place this season, so donning the libero’s jersey mid-match is nothing new for her. She went on to tab 11 serve receives in opposition to simply two receiving errors, and in addition added 9 digs.
The most important distinction was “the perspective of the workforce and the spirit,” Mendes stated. “We picked it up as a result of we knew we needed to.”
For Burlingame (1-1, 4-7), a marked turnover has affected the workforce drastically from its undefeated run by way of PAL Bay Division play a 12 months in the past. Along with hiring a brand new head coach in Okay’Lynn Solt, the workforce graduated 5 key seniors, together with the league’s MVP in Natalie Ballout — now a freshman at UC Santa Barbara — and in addition noticed an exodus of anticipated returning gamers, with a number of non-seniors from final 12 months’s squad quitting the workforce.
“Undoubtedly initially of the season, we mentioned our objectives for the season and [the winning streak in league] was briefly talked about,” Burlingame senior captain Caroline Smith stated. “However we simply got down to do in addition to we may and to get so far as we may. Nevertheless it’s a special group of women … so it undoubtedly wasn’t a most important aim of ours.”
Burlingame, at instances, was in disarray Tuesday. The Panthers dedicated 33 unforced errors within the match, together with 24 errors within the area.
And the landslide in Sport 2 didn’t assist the workforce’s morale.
“We tend to get down and have bother getting out of that,” Solt stated. “That’s a workforce chemistry factor we’re nonetheless engaged on.”
Regardless of the Wildcats’ serve-receive troubles, they performed remarkably clear within the area. Woodside dedicated 21 unforced errors, together with simply 13 area errors. Over the ultimate three units, Woodside totaled 41 workforce kills to Burlingame’ 24.
Sport 3 noticed an early back-and-forth however, with the rating tied 8-8, Strus discovered the ground with a cross-shot off the left aspect. The Wildcats wouldn’t path once more within the set. Burlingame drew shut at 15-13 on a block by senior Melanie Pitzer. However Campbell answered with a roll shot out of the again row to spark a four-point Woodside run.
In Sport 4, Burlingame took an early 9-5 lead. Woodside responded with an 8-1 run, together with a Strus kill off the left aspect to tie it 10-10, adopted by three straight aces by Campbell. The Wildcats rolled from there.
Campbell completed with a double-double, including a match-high 15 digs.
Smith fronted Burlingame with a double-double, totaling 13 kills and 10 digs. Senior libero Kaitlyn Ngai shared the match-high with 15 digs.
“I feel we performed effectively,” Smith stated. “However serve obtain, we had been all over at instances. And simply having the ability to see it by way of to the tip, I feel there’s room for enchancment there.”