When it comes to high school volleyball, there are usually very few surprises in the first round.
Well the Chino High School volleyball team sure provided one of those. The fourth-place team out of a weak Mt. Baldy League turned in a 3-2 (25-15, 15-25, 15-25, 25-14, 15-7) win over Sunkist League champion Fontana which came in with a 22-3 record.
By the way, Chino parted ways with is coach a month ago., making the story tat much better.
Give new coach Ariel Rorabaugh much of the credit. She was the junior varsity coach until the varsity coach was removed. She says confidence was a big factor. That is, building up that of her team.
And the players too say that is the what has made the difference.
Yes, Fontana probably took their opponent lightly. But after the Steelers won the second and third games convincingly, it only seemed like just a matter of time before they wrapped it up. But that didn’t happen.
Chino made all the plays in the last two games. Fontana seemed to tighten up. Sometimes it’s easier in that situation when you are the underdog with nothing to lose.