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Bruyere leads late surge that lifts Los Alamitos
The final run of momentum came at the perfect time for the Los Alamitos girls volleyball team.
After losing the first and fourth sets of the CIF-SS Division 1 first-round playoff match against Dana Hills, the Griffins fell behind early in the fifth set.
Then the Griffins received a strong serving run by Kaylie Bruyere, their deficit turned into an eight-point lead and eventually a fifth-set victory that gave them a 22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 17-25, 15-7 triumph at Dana Hills High.
“We had a nice serving run from Kaylie, our block really stepped up,” senior outside hitter Mackenzie Smith said. “I also think our defense was amazing, the best we’ve done this season. We pretty much just put it all out there.”
Smith had 13 kills and 25 digs for the Griffins (19-16). Nicole Elder and Ryleigh Megill had 13 kills and 12, respectively.
Los Alamitos will host second-seeded Mater Dei in the second round Thursday.
“We really are a steady team,” Los Alamitos coach Dave Huber said. “We’re not capable of that big overly impressive play all of the time. So all year been it’s just wait for your chance, wait for your chance and the two games we lost, it just didn’t come fast enough because we were so far behind we couldn’t chip away like we needed to.
“In the fifth, we got the one break we needed to get momentum.”
Dana Hills (16-9) was the Sea View League champion, while Los Alamitos finished third in the Sunset League.
The Dolphins showed a great amount of resiliency. Seniors Brenna Dougherty (12 kills) and Taylor Riedl (14 kills) led the comeback that forced a fifth set.
“We couldn’t get out of that rotation (in the fifth set) and it was kind of like that for both teams,” Dana Hills coach Gus Culver said. “We went on one of those runs in game four, which put us in command ... We got off to a good start (in the fifth game) ... but they got us in a bad rotation where we couldn’t side out.”
Also in Division 1:
Corona del Mar 3, Long Beach Wilson 0: Kendall Kipp and Brooke Cuthbertson had 12 and 10 kills, respectively, to lead the host Sea Kings (19-10) to a 25-4, 25-18, 25-12 home victory. Corona del Mar will visit top-seeded Santa Margarita in the second round Thursday.
Mater Dei 3, Woodbridge 0: Kyla Waiters had 12 kills and Shannon Scully added 11 to lead the second-seeded Monarchs (31-5) to the 26-24, 25-20, 25-11 home victory.
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