Mount Madonna Wins CCS Opener

The Mount Madonna team back row, left to right are Coach Amy

No. 4 Mount Madonna needed five games to defeat No. 5 Anzar in
the first round of the Central Coast Section Division 5 playoffs
Saturday at North Salinas High School.
No. 4 Mount Madonna needed five games to defeat No. 5 Anzar in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division 5 playoffs Saturday at North Salinas High School.

Mount Madonna (9-14) won the battle of the Hawks 13-25, 15-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-11. Mount Madonna was making its first Central Coast Section playoff appearance, ending the long string of dominance by Anzar in the playoffs.

“We consider Anzar one of the premiere Division 5 teams in the area,” said Mount Madonna Athletic Director Sid McDonald. “They have owned Mt. Madonna in the last few years. So it was good to finally defeat them. It’s a tough way to lose, so we are sympathetic for them.”

Despite dominating in the first two games, Anzar was unable to hold on as Mount Madonna rallied in the final three games.

“We were playing as a team more,” said Mt. Madonna coach Eric Reed about the comeback. “Everyone was starting to hit the balls more. We changed our blocking scheme and got our transition game going. It was almost like a different team out there.”

Alexa Rosendale had 22 kills for Mount Madonna, and Shelby Botula had 35 digs.

Mount Madonna advances to the semifinals Thursday against No. 1 Castilleja, who defeated Pacific Collegiate in three games. The game will be Thursday at 8pm at Valley Christian High School in San Jose.

“They have one big outside hitter,” Reed said. “But we don’t change much based on our opponent. We go up to make plays. We try to get the kill every time. If we play well, we can compete with anyone.”

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