Redondo High’s girls’ volleyball team made sure to keep its No. 1 rating in the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA after a winning a showdown over Bay League rival Manhattan Beach Mira Costa, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 25-16, last Thursday at Redondo.
The Sea Hawks and Mustangs were neck-to-neck in the first game before Redondo pulled away. The second game saw the Sea Hawks trail by as many as seven points before they wore down the Mustangs and pulled off the win.
Mira Costa came back to win the third game, leading virtually all the way but Redondo led just about all the fourth game in winning handily. The Sea Hawks clinched the match on an ace serve by Megan Rice, just as she did in the Redondo’s second game victory.
Redondo, which is 18-2 overall and 7-0 in league after easily sweeping host Inglewood on Tuesday, was led by Kristen Hamlin with 16 kills. Rice and Yasmen Bedart-Ghani each chipped in 11 kills.
Junior settter Norea Iosia, one of the tops in the United States for her class, dished out 42 assists.
“I’m stoked to be the leader of the Bay League,” Redondo head coach Tom Chaffins said. “This was our sixth win in a row against Mira Costa. We are 7-1 against them (the Mustangs) in the last four years and 8-2 since 2010. We are in the second half. We have four more league matches, including one more against Costa.”
Skylar Caputo and Katie Rethmeyer led the Mustangs (18-6, 6-1) with 12 kills apiece. Keala Rusher contributed three ace serves.
On Tuesday, Mira Costa swept host Palos Verdes, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17, and the Sea Hawks had no trouble with host Inglewood, 25-3, 25-0, 25-8.
The Mustangs host Peninsula, while Redondo is at home against Morningside Thursday at 4:15 p.m. In the last meeting between Mira Costa and the host Panthers, the Mustangs went five games before putting away Peninsula. Mira Costa is currently eighth in Division IAA.
South sweeps North: South Torrance’s girls’ volleyball team is in first place in the Pioneer League after sweeping cross town rival North Torrance, 25-15, 25-16, 25-22, last Thursday at South.
The Spartans, who are currently second behind Sunland Village Christian in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA, were led by Gina Cortesi with 12 kills and she had no hitting errors in the showdown against North, which fell to second in league. Myca Steffey-Bean had seven kills. Setter Kori Kutch, daughter of South head coach Robert Kutsch, had 46 assists.
Sabryn Roberts led the Saxons with 12 kills and five assists. Makayla Bradford tallied 12 digs and Kelly Morimoto totaled 17 assists.
Both won their last matches on Tuesday as South improved to 7-0 in league and 15-6 overall and North is 16-3 overall and 5-1 in Pioneer action.
The two teams square off, again, on Nov. 4 at North, as the Saxons hope to avenge the defeat to pull into a first place tie.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10: 1. Redondo, 2. Mira Costa, 3. South Torrance, 4. Culver City, 5. North Torrance, 6. Carson, 7. Bishop Montgomery, 8. Palos Verdes, 9. Peninsula, 10. San Pedro.