Tarbut V'Torah’s Shani Gabi reaches to hit the ball past St. Monica during game 1 of the CIF-SS girls volleyball Division 5A championship game at Rio Hondo College.

Div. 5A title slips away from Tarbut V'Torah


WHITTIER – After Tarbut V’Torah led two sets to none, St. Monica Academy of Montrose won three straight sets to defeat the Lions, 16-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-17, 15-11, and win the CIF-SS Division 5A girls volleyball title in the championship match at Rio Hondo College on Saturday night.

Tied at two sets each, TVT (25-1) and St. Monica (23-4-2) played a furious fifth set. With four ties in the set, St. Monica broke the tie at 6-6 and outpaced TVT to a 15-11 win.

The first set was tight as the teams played to seven ties with the last at 10-10. From there, TVT took advantage of St. Monica errors and Lauren Cohen was a force as the Lions won, 25-16

In the second set, it was tight again early, but 11 St. Monica errors gave TVT a cushion. Claire Cohen came on strong with five kills and an ace to put TVT up 22-16 and 24-18 and win, 25-21

The tables turned in set three. After an 8-8 tie, it was a string of TVT errors that spurred St. Monica to a 16-4 run for a 24-12 lead. St. Monica won the game 25-13.

St. Monica rode the momentum into set four where it established an 8-0 lead. St. Monica maintained that lead until TVT fought off four set points, but St. Monica still won, 25-17, to force a deciding fifth set.

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