The Islanders Girls Volleyball team continued to trend in the right direction this week. After what one could call a “slow” 1-2 start to the season, the Islanders have bounced back quite nicely going 4-3 over their next seven matches, including two straight wins over Montgomery and Hoover.
The Islanders looked to extend their winning streak and first up on the ledger this past week was Canyon Hills High School. Coronado would cruise to an easy three-set to none victory. It was a patented Islander victory as Coronado dominated on set thanks to strong service games from Zoe Johnstad, Phina Bustos, and Emily Page.
As well, the Islanders did a fantastic job of controlling the net as Islanders Allison Wygal, Sarah Alexander, Maddie Ortiz, Emily Wygal, and Maddie Flanagan peppered the Canyon Hills side of the court with kills all evening long.
With the win over Canyon Hills, the Islanders had successfully extended their winning streak to three games, and even more impressive, had not dropped a set in a match in over a week.
Yet as the Islanders learned in their next match versus Mater Dei, all winning streaks do eventually come to an end. Coronado would fall on the road to the Crusaders 3-0. While Coronado was unable to win a set, the match itself was still extremely hard fought by the Islanders.
The first and third sets were both highly contested, with Coronado falling 18-25 in the first and 23-25 in the third set. It’s also important to consider who the Islanders were facing, as the Crusaders are currently 9-1 and rank as one of the top 150 teams in California according to MaxPreps. So while the loss is tough, the Lady Islanders still played with one of the better teams in the county.
The Islanders, who now sit at 6-6 on the still-young season, will now turn their attention to the crucial league portion of their schedule.
The Islanders will face off versus High Tech High and University City high schools this week for their first two City-Eastern League matches of the season.