GHS defeated Tri-County Athletic League opponent Alisal 25-21,
18-25, 25-21, 25-14 on Tuesday.
Following a lackadaisical second-set loss, head coach Josh Corioso, in search of greater urgency, challenged his Gilroy High girls varsity volleyball team to deliver.
The Mustangs answered the call, capturing the third set and then running away with the fourth in a 25-21, 18-25, 25-21, 25-14 triumph over Tri-County Athletic League counterpart Alisal on Tuesday in Gilroy.
“I told them after the second game that they needed more intensity,” Corioso said. “Sure enough, Game 3, they came out and brought it. After that, I told them that I wanted 10-times more in the fourth set.”
Ahead in the match 2-1 heading into the fourth set, GHS took an 11-5 set-lead after outlasting the Trojans during a long rally, in which the Mustangs dived and dug their way to salvaging the point. That exchange seemed to light a fire under the players to carry them the rest of the way through.
“That made us want to get another point right away and not let them back in the match,” said junior middle blocker Randi Rodgers, who had four aces and a pair of blocks on the night.
“Once we starting getting ahead, we started talking more,” senior outside hitter Megan Wheat said.
The victory moves the Mustangs (9-5 overall and 3-4 in league) into fourth place in the seven-team TCAL, two games behind third place Notre Dame, who come to town Thursday
North Salinas is atop the standings at 16-1 and 8-0 in league.
The Mustangs collected 15 aces in the match. Gabby Flores posted a team-high five in that category.
Senior Randi Groppe, connected on 50 percent of her attacks for a team-high 10 kills and Wheat added to the offense with nine kills while Flores had six.
“This was definitely a good one,” Corioso said. “It was a good game to lead into our game against Notre Dame. I am going to stress that we will need that ame intensity on Thursday.”