CHS Outside Hitter Sadie Proctor ...

Sophomore outside hitter Sadie Proctor, who missed early season games due to an injury, sends the ball over the net during last Thursday’s intense match vs Helix. The Islanders took it to five games, losing 2-3 to the Highlanders, but played well two days later, taking a 3-1 victory over Mira Mesa.

The Islanders girls volleyball team just keeps rolling. Coming into the week, the Lady Islanders boasted a record of 11-4 and were riding a three-match winning streak.

With three wins at their back, the Islanders welcomed a formidable DIII opponent in Helix High School (6-5) to see if they could stretch their winning streak to four before heading into league play. 

The first set between the Islanders and the Highlanders would stay close early at 5-5, with Coronado generating points off kills by Sadie Proctor and Lydia Schutt, and a block by Ruby Deckman

But following the tight early points, the Islanders would take off for an astounding 8-3 run that was spearheaded by elite service games by Emily Page and Schutt, combined with some devastating kills from Emily Wygal that would give Coronado a 14-8 set lead. 

While the scoring run seemed to wrap up the first set, Helix would respond. The Highlanders would go on an 8-2 run of their own to reduce the Coronado lead to 16-15 and force Islanders to call a timeout to help them regroup refocus. 

Chum’s timeout would prove to be vital as, after the brief pause in the action, Coronado would go on a 7-2 scoring run that was highlighted by a pair of blocks by Proctor and Deckman and a closing set kill by Schutt to hand the Islanders the 25-17 first set victory. 

With the 1-0 lead, the Islanders looked poised to take the second set quickly as they jumped out to a massive 16-6 lead thanks to high-level play across the board for Coronado. But the big lead would soon slip away. 

After a few Coronado miscues Helix would capitalize on their service game and roar back to tie things at 18-18, eventually taking the second set 25-22. A rather stunning turn of events considering the lead Coronado held at one point. 

Helix would also claim the third set 25-11 and put Coronado in a rather tricky spot as they would need the following two sets to take home victory. 

During the Islander’s struggles in the second and third sets was their inability to string together points/consistency. Something very uncharacteristic for an Islander squad that had played highly efficient all season. 

In the fourth set, the Islanders would find themselves in an early 8-4 hole. But despite this, Coronado would dig deep and battle back. To draw things closer, Emily Page and Wygal would rip off three kills in a row. 

With momentum building for the Islanders, they would continue to close the gap thanks to a pair of aces from Avalon Haro, who put on a masterclass of assists and digs all night for Coronado, just as she has done all season. Followed by a pair of kills from Proctor and Wygal to put Coronado on top 21-18 in the set. Coronado would then quickly close the set after kills from Anna Iversen and Wygal to complete the comeback and take the fourth set 25-22. Sending this thrilling match to a fifth set tiebreak. 

In the fifth set, which is only played to 15 and won by two, Coronado would jump out a quick 5-2 lead that was highlighted by a pair of blocks by Deckman and an ace by Haro. 

However, Helix would fight right back with a 3-0 run to tie things at 5-5. Coronado would attempt to pull away again after a pair of kills from Wygal, but they could not put Helix away. As a result, Coronado would lose the fifth and final set 15-9 and drop an incredibly hard-fought match vs. Helix. 

While the loss was not the outcome the Islanders would have desired, they would quickly get back into the win column in their next match as they would best Mira Mesa 3-1 in their league opener. 

The Islander girls volleyball team’s record now sits at 12-5 and 1-0 in City Eastern League play. The Lady Islanders will be back in action this week with a home conference match vs. Christian (El Cajon, CA) on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:15 p.m.

VOL. 112, NO. 38 - Sept. 21, 2022

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