The Islanders Girls Volleyball team was back in action this past week, as they continued with their league schedule as they took on both Mission Bay High School and rival Christian High School.
For the first match-up of the week, Coronado traveled to Mission Bay, where they picked up a key 3-0 win over the Buccaneers, though it was a rather well-fought match, despite the 3-0 set win. Both the first and second sets were played in a very back and forth manner as neither team was able to pull away divisively. Eventually, Coronado would put away both sets, thanks again to their play at the net from seniors Allison Wygal, Maddie Flanagan, and Sadie Proctor. Both sets were won 25-23.
The long first and second set wins by the Islanders seem to break Mission Bay’s back as Coronado would cruise in the third set to a 10-point third-set lead winning 25-15. thus helping the Islanders improve their eastern league record to 2-1.
With Coronado back in the win column, the Lady Islanders still had one more test that week as they hosted the Patriots of Christian High School, who not only held a perfect record in eastern league play, but also were owners of a 20-7 overall season record. Put all of that together and it was easy to see why Thursday’s match was so pivotal.
Things got started just how the Islanders would like, as they claimed the first set over the visiting Patriots. Despite the slow start in the first that found them trailing 13-10 at one point, Coronado would able to flip the scrip late in the set, thanks to strong service games from Emily Page and Zoe Johnstad, and a flurry of kills from Allison Wygal, Flanagan, Maddie Ortiz, and finally a block by Proctor to seal the set 25-23.
It would seem the Islanders would carry the momentum from their late first set victory into the second set as Coronado started on a 7-2 run, though Christian worked to makes the second set close. It would yet again be the Islanders who would come out on top as they won the second set by the score of 26-24.
With a controlling two sets to none lead, the Islanders looked as if they were set to take home the match. However, the Patriots would have other plans. Christian would roar back to claim both the third and fourth sets 25-20 and 25-23. Both were very closely contended matches. This sent the match to a fifth set tie-breaker, where the Islanders would fall 15-13 and drop the match three sets to two.
Yes, the finish was heartbreaking, but the Islanders will have the opportunity to rebound quickly with two more league matches this week versus Mira Mesa and High Tech High before they play in the Southern California Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9.