For the second straight season, Bishop Diego’s season is ended by Trinity Classical in five sets as the Mustangs outlasted the Cardinals by set scores of 17-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-16, 15-7.
Sophomore, and reigning Santa Barbara Athlete of the Week, Siena Urzua led the Cardinals with 15 kills, 10 digs, and was strong in serve reception. Junior Ashlyn Oxton was a force in the middle with 11 kills and four blocks.
Senior Julia Gregson shined it what would be her final match for the Cardinals, finishing with 18 digs and two aces.
Sophomore Alina Urzua dished out 34 assists, dug out 12 balls, tallied six kills and notched two aces on the night.
“It was unfortunate to end our season tonight, as I strongly believe we were prepared well enough and playing well enough as a unit, to make a run at a championship in this division. This season, our program made huge strides in the direction I want to take this program, and those who bought into my philosophies thrived. Tomorrow is the first day of the 2020 season, and our returning Lady Cardinals are hungry to get back to work,” Cardinal coach Dillan Bennett said.
The Cardinals end their season at 14-14 overall.
VALLEY VIEW 3, CATE 1
Cate school captured the early momentum on Wednesday with a first set win but it was Valley View who will be advancing to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 6 Bracket after a four-set win with set scores of 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21.
Elise Hermes led the Rams in kills with 14 while setters Riley Borchardt and Maya Blattberg each helped out with nine kills of their own.
Grace Blankenhorn did a great job defensively tallying 27 digs on the night.
Cate’s season ends at 20-5.
Malibu dominates Citrus Coast League Tournament
Malibu High’s Jaz Abbey and Mathea Lasky each defeated an opponent from Carpinteria to advance to the championship round of the CCL individual tournament.
The final will be played today at Malibu High with the time to be determined.
The third-place match between Sydney Endow and Emma Lapidus will be played today at Carpinteria High at 2 p.m.
Abbey beat Endow in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0 while Lasky bested Lapidus in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
In doubles, another pair of Malibu teams made the championship round.
First, Whitney Clarfield/Julia Levin beat Carp’s Jeannette Carrillo/Zahra Porinsh, 6-4 6-1 to advance while Julia Carroll/Maxine Kelly defeated Hueneme’s Alondra Rojas/Maria Espinoza, 6-3 6-3.
The final will be played today at Malibu High with a time to be determined.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Local schools compete at Santa Barbara County Cross Country Championships
Santa Barbara’s Jake Ballantine ran a lifetime best of 15:33 at River Park on Wednesday to win the individual title.
The boys finished fourth in the team score with 121 behind lifetime bests from Vollin Wells and Amir Walton who finished in 13th and 18th place, respectively.
On the girls’ side, the Dons finished in third with a team score of 110. Elena Everest finished in seventh while Clara Aviani placed 17th and Daisy McToldridge came in 18th.
Dos Pueblos did not run either varsity teams at the meet after the boys and girls placed first at the Riverside Invitational.
Both Santa Barbara and DP will take part in league finals which is hosted by Dos Pueblos High and begins on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Cate, a member of the Tri-Valley League, also competed at the meet on Wednesday.
The girls’ team finished second in the county, their highest finish ever.
Sophomore co-captain Anna DiSorbo was county champion, the program’s first-ever winner, finishing the three-mile course in 18:57 while sophomore co-captain Meena Baher placed in fifth with a time of 19:35.
The boys’ side finished in eighth place out of 12 competing teams. Senior co-captain Tesfa Asmara had his best race of the season, finishing 11th with a time of 16:30.
Cate will take part in the Tri-Valley Coaches Association Finals at Lake Casitas which begins next Thursday.