I know this is a rivalry and things tend to get personal, but please think before you send, this is a good time for these teams, these schools, let them enjoy it by keeping the banter fun and spirited.
Los Altos players celebrate after advancing to the finals for the first
time since 1977.
Los Altos def. Warren, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 – Jazmen Russell had 11 kills and Meagan Macias nine and the Conquerors advanced to the Division 3AA finals to face rival Bonita. Los Altos will be playing for its first divisional title. The Conquerors were runner up in 1975 and ’77.
Jazmen Russell: “When we lost to Bonita (on Oct. 27), it made us want to keep winning and play them again in the CIF finals. We want to beat them in the finals. We’ve been working hard ever since.”
Susanna Beliakoff: This is such a great accomplishment for us. We worked really, really hard this whole time. Getting this far is a blessing for us. It’s a team effort, and that’s what makes it special.”
Coach Jaime Ornelas: It’s expected to be point for point at this level (of the playoffs). I put in a few subs to get my bigger servers in there. They did fabulous.
“(Popoff) was amazing. My bench did a lot for me. They came in and did what we needed.”
Bonita players celebrate after advancing to the CIF-SS finals.
Bonita def. Palm Springs, 25-15, 25-14, 25-16 – Allie LaPierre had 16 kills and Katie Kirby 11 to lead the Bearcats. Bonita, which was in the semifinals for the second time in three years, is in the finals for the first time.
Allie LaPierre: I am just so excited. We made history. We just wanted to stay focused and play each point like it was 0-0.”
Katie Kirby: “Tonight was revenge for two years ago,”
Coach Adriana Contreras: “I’m just so absolutely proud. We did a great job covering balls and we spread the ball around. Everyone played a role tonight.”