When starting league play, every coach and player knows how important it is to start it off with a win. So when the Islanders Girls Volleyball team welcomed High Tech High to the Islander gym for the league opener, the ladies in green and white made sure to bring their A-game.
To start Tuesday’s match, Sept. 21, the Islanders claimed the first set 25-14 thanks to what has become the typical Islanders winning formula: Control on serve and fire off kill after kill.
Going into the second set, Coronado would continue with its strong service game thanks to the early set efforts from Zoe Johnstad and Marlie Meoni, who would help the Islander jump out to an early 9-4 second set lead. In the second set the Islanders would continue to dominate at the next thanks to multiple kills from Allison Wygal and Emily Wygal, and Sarah Alexander. Helping to extend the Islander’s second-set lead to 17-10. Along with the kills, the Islanders also had a block party at the net last Tuesday. With regularity the Islanders Chloe Berk, Sadie Proctor and others in green stuffed/ rejected multiple Strom kill attempts.
Up 20-15 in the second set, the Islanders would turn to Proctor and Meoni to serve out the set and the freshman and senior would not disappoint as they would combine for four aces to grab four of the last five Islanders points to give Coronado the second set 25-17 victory and put the ladies in green and white up two sets to none.
In the third set, it would again be Coronado would get off to a hot start thanks to kills from Allison Wygal, Maddie Flanagan, with the assists/sets coming from Proctor, Johnstad and Emily Page. However, High Tech High would not just roll over, as the visiting Storm would eventually tie the 3rd set at 11-11. But just when it appeared that the storm had climbed back into the match, Coronado would again put their foot on the accelerator. The Islanders would go on a 7-1 scoring run that was lead thanks to kills by Maddie Ortiz and Allison Wygal, and fantastic service points from Meoni and Phina Bustos.
The Islanders would use more strong serving from Page and more kills from Emily Wygal to eventually close out the set 25-14 and take the opening league match 3-0 vs. High Tech High. Just how the Islanders drew it up.
However, for the Islander’s second match of the week versus University City, things would not go quite as well. Coronado would fall on the road to UC in a grueling three sets to two matches. Thursday’s match saw Coronado drop the first two sets to the Centurions 23-25 & 4-25, putting the Islanders in a rather dark hole. However, if the 21’ season has taught us anything, it’s that these Islanders don’t quit. Coronado would roar back in the next two sets winning the third set 25-22 and the fourth set 25-20, forcing a first to 15 fifth set that would see the Islanders comeback effort fall just short as they fell 9-15 in the final set.
While the loss to UC is tough, a 1-1 start to Eastern League is more than a solid start. Coronado will now prepare for two more League matches this week as they will face off versus Mission Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 28, score not available at press time, and then host Christian High on Thursday, Sept. 30 at home.