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Islander Girls Volleyball Team Starts New Season 1-1

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 9:03 am

My grand plan Friday included attending the Islander Girls Volleyball match scheduled for 4:30 p.m., then scurrying to Niedermeyer Field from the gym for the Islander Football game, just in time for the kickoff at 6:30 p.m. What happened instead was the Girls JV Volleyball match ran long and the Varsity match started at 5 p.m.; the score of the first set was 30-28 in favor of Bonita Vista; and the match didn’t conclude until five sets and two and one-half hours had elapsed, roughly around halftime of the football game. It seemed like a good plan at the time.

But the good news is the Islanders, under the direction of Interim Head Coach Adeile Ahmu, defeated Bonita Vista 28-30, 25-13, 25-20, 22-25 and 15-8. If the name sounds familiar, Adeile is the sister-in-law of long-time Islander Coach Leilani Ahmu. Adeile has been an assistant coach with the program for several years.

Coronado began their season with a straight-set loss to Tri-City Christian by the scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-18. Tri-City Christian normally has a strong volleyball program, so that loss, even with the match being played at home, isn’t devastating.

Against Bonita Vista, Coach Ahmu’s starting lineup included five seniors in Delaney Dunham, Morgan Burke, Alyssa Agarwal, and Sofia Kocherga. Rose Czerewko, a junior, is the team’s starting libero or defensive specialist, and is their sixth starter. Other team members include: senior Victoria Perez; juniors Annie Cook, Ashley Allen and Elizabeth Hunsaker; sophomores Caitlyn Kane and Megan Thoroman; plus, freshman Zoe Johnstead.

In the first set against the Barons, the Islanders served for four set points, before Bonita Vista rallied with three straight points and the win. But Coronado shook that reversal off and dominated the second set. Kocherga, Agarwal, and Dunham all had productive serving runs for the Islanders.

This season, Coronado will again compete in the Eastern League, a tough circuit which includes La Jolla, Patrick Henry, Christian and Mission Bay. The Islanders will return to CIF Division III for the post-season. This week the Islanders host Montgomery High School Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday Coronado hosts Southwest High at 4:30 p.m.

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