Last Thursday night, Oct. 21, was Senior Night for the ladies of the Islanders Girls Volleyball team. In total there were eight seniors: Allison Wygal, Maddie Flanagan, Phina Bustos, Maddie Ortiz, Marlie Meoni, Chloe Berk, Zoe Johnstad, and Sarah Alexander, who were recognized for their accomplishments and major contributions to the Islanders Girls Volleyball program. Each of the seniors was honored pregame, where they walked in and were welcomed alongside their parents and siblings.
With a packed house and sea of green and white behind them, the Islanders easily cruised to take three sets to win over the visiting Mariners of Mar Vista.
The first set started a bit tight as Coronado held onto a 6-4 lead, but quickly they expanded their lead to 11-5 thanks to dominant service points from Meoni, which included three aces.
Coronado would continue to build momentum thanks to a number of devastating and high velocity kills from Flanagan and Allison Wygal, who all night fired off kills, and some more fine serving from Ortiz giving Coronado a 25-12 first set victory.
The Islanders would keep things rolling in the second set as well, but just in a different fashion. The set would start close yet again with the teams tied 3-3 early, but the Lady Islanders would quickly switch momentum thanks to the net play of Berk and Alexander. The two seniors hosted their own Islander block party as they combined for 8 blocks in the second set and helped extend the Islander lead to 19-5.
The Islanders would quickly close out the set, thanks to strong services from Meoni and Johnstad to pick up the second set 25-6.
It should be noted that one common theme was apparent in the Islanders first two set victories over Mar Vista was the team’s ability to win long lasting points. It seemed as if anytime there was a prolong rally or exchange between the two teams it would be the Islanders who would come out with the point. This just added to the energy and fire the Islanders were already playing with that night.
In the third set things would start a little slow for Coronado as they fell behind early 6-3, but thanks to strong services from Bustos and some great digs and sets-to-kills from Johnstad to Allison Wygal the Islanders would tie things back up at 7-7. The Islanders and Mariners would continue to exchange points, and even at one point, the Islanders found themselves down 14-12.
But after a timeout, the Islanders kicked things back into gear. It would be an all-around team effort down the stretch as to whether it was Emily Page or Sadie Proctor with a dig or elite set, Berk or Alexander with another block, or Bustos, Ortiz, and Meoni, the Islanders were simply relentless and fought back to claim the set 25-20 and cap of the 3-0 victory over Mar Vista.
The perfect way to put an exclamation point on the season for the eight departing seniors.
The Islanders finished the regular season with a record of 16-16, with a 5-3 record in league play good enough for a second-place finish in the city-eastern league.
But these Lady Islanders still have the postseason to look forward to. Coronado will be the No.7 overall seed in the CIF San Diego Division III playoffs and will host High Tech High of Chula Vista in the opening round this Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.