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Ocean View charges past Century, into quarterfinals
HUNTINGTON BEACH - If there was a silver lining to be found in Ocean View’s five-set, come-from-behind victory in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs, it was that the early scare acted as a rallying cry for the Seahawks’ prospective run through the postseason.
With a spot in the quarterfinals up for grabs, Ocean View used the momentum from its narrow triumph to bombard Orange League champion Century, 25-17, 25-11, 25-10, Thursday night at Ocean View High.
“I think it put us in a better mental state,” Seahawks coach Seth Cutrell said of the opening-round contest. “We wanted to compete better in the second round, and bring a better fight and push. I think it was evident tonight.”
Ocean View (16-8), the No. 2 representative from the Golden West League, will face Saddleback Valley Christian in the quarterfinals. That match will be at SVC on Saturday night.
Junior outside hitter Mallory Koci and senior outside hitter Erika Jason led Ocean View with 16 kills apiece, while senior setter Cami McNabb finished with 40 assists.
Ocean View never trailed at any point in the match and claimed game leads as big as nine, 12 and 15 in the three respective sets. Conversely, the Centurions (19-5) were only able to string together multiple points eight times total throughout the match.
“From day one we’ve trained our girls to take advantage of free balls and attack if teams give us that opportunity,” Cutrell said. “It’s part of our offense and we trust in what we’ve been practicing.”
The Seahawks used runs of 8-0, 6-0 and 9-0 in the first, second and third set, respectively, to distance themselves from the visitors. In the second set, the hosts took 12 of the final 15 points with three separate four-point runs.
“It’s all about momentum,” Cutrell said. “The more we have on our side, the better. If we can limit the consecutive points they get, then we’re in a better position to fight and keep our spirits up.”