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Trabuco Hills falls on road to Redondo in regional final
REDONDO BEACH – The final chapter of the memorable season for the Trabuco Hills girls volleyball team was finally written Tuesday night.
Trabuco Hills, which accomplished a long list of goals this season including winning its first league title and CIF title, was unable to summon one final road victory and eventually fell to host Redondo, 25-12, 25-19, 25-15, in the CIF Southern California Division I Regional final.
The fourth-seeded Sea Hawks (34-4) will face Menlo-Atherton in the CIF State Finals on Saturday at Santiago Canyon College at 8 p.m.
“They served great, took us out of system a little bit,” Trabuco Hills coach Craig Moothart said. “They had weapons and they executed beautifully. They passed the ball better than we did.
“We’ve been saying all year, we’ve been doing a really good job serving and passing to get teams out of system to keep our little engine going, and tonight they were a far better team in that department. They had a counter for everything we put up.”
The Mustangs (33-5) were led by Allison Kantor with 17 kills.
The Sea Hawks’ balance proved to be a bit too much for the Mustangs. Megan Rice led the attack with 14 kills. Kacey Baker and Maddie Relaz had 11 and nine, respectively.
“I thought this was the best balance we’ve had all year,” Redondo coach Tommy Chaffins said. “I thought Kacey (Baker) and Maddie (Relaz) might have had their best offensive night.
“Early on, I thought we played some of the best defense we’ve played and I thought we played with a certain freedom. We weren’t expecting to be home after the first round because it would take quite a few events for us to host again and those things occurred, and I think we played with a certain freedom and excitement.”
The match was the third consecutive road match of the regional playoffs for the Mustangs. They previously defeated Cathedral Catholic and Mater Dei before Tuesday.
“Every year, you kind of evaluate your talent,” Moothart said. “I really focused on what we have and trying to make our kids better and I know they came in (this season), worked harder and they wanted it a little bit more than last season.”
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