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El Dorado goes down fighting
ORANGE – The El Dorado girls volleyball team has been fighting all season long, and Saturday night's CIF-SS Division 1A final against La Salle of Pasadena was no different.
Unfortunately for the Golden Hawks, their determination wasn't enough against the Lancers, who took home the title with a 25-16, 25-20, 29-27 sweep at Santiago Canyon College.
Even after the loss, El Dorado coach Craig Tefertiller said he impressed with the team's ability to go as far as it did in the playoffs.
"We're 100 percent better today than we were on Day One this year," Tefertiller said. "We were not overly impressive on Day One."
As for the magnitude of the game, Tefertiller said he prepared his team no differently than usual.
"We were prepared," he said. "We had stretches that we were good and we had some where we were not so good early on, but after awhile we settled down and they were just a little bit better."
El Dorado got off to a rocky start in the opening set, as it let the first two points fall between defenders. La Salle also benefitted from four first-set service errors from El Dorado.
Tefertiller said the errors weren't necessarily what doomed his team, but rather how his team reacted to those miscues.
"It's never an easy thing (to start off in a hole)," he said. "But it's just an error; we still have to be able to sideout and overcome that. We had to respond a little bit better."
El Dorado picked up its play to open the second set, winning the first three points to gain some momentum.
With the set tied at 11, La Salle stepped up its attack, taking seven of the next eight points behind Haley DeSales and Riley Spriestersbach to take complete control.
With game point in the third set, 24-19, El Dorado found itself unable to extend the match as the La Salle attack proved too strong.
"You have to get that elusive game point," Tefertiller said. "We passed the ball well, we set well and we had a couple good swings, but they ended well."
Kelly Claes led El Dorado with 11 kills, while Taylor Gonzalez dished out 13 assists. Claes was the only Golden Hawk with double-digit kills.
Both Spriestersbach and Katrina Palffy finished with 10 kills. DeSales chipped in nine kills and seven digs.