Varsity Volleyball: The Road to State!

"Coming to the final stretch of our season, we believe our team is stronger than ever going into State playoffs with the 'how you finish' mindset. We are going to continue to have fun and be confident while playing our best, leaving it all out there on the court."

This has been a long time coming for Mustang Volleyball. This trip to CIF State Playoffs was the first time the Mustangs have made it this far in an extremely long time and the team did not take this opportunity for granted. Led by a group of nine Seniors, the team has mostly veteran experience and was looking to represent Marlborough in a large way in the first round of State Playoffs on Wednesday, November 16th.

The girls' season had seemingly lasted quite a while, but the team definitely developed their second wind on the road to State. Having started pre-season conditioning in August, followed by a visit to the Foothill Queen's tournament in Anaheim, and some pre-season matches, the team traveled to Las Vegas for Nike's Durango Fall Classic Invitational tournament where they finished 15th out of 63 total teams.

After previously spending two hard-fought years in the Los Angeles Athletic Association's Mission League, Varsity Volleyball returned to the Sunshine League this year and competed for their well-deserved Sunshine League Championship title.

And so the CIF Southern Section playoff journey began. The team had convincing wins in the first round against Hart High School (Santa Clarita), second round against Palos Verdes High School (Palos Verdes), and in the quarter final against Louisville High School (Woodland Hills). In the CIF-SS Semi-Final, the Mustangs played an exciting match, but came up short against the eventual CIF-SS Division 2 Champions, Ventura High School, from Ventura, CA.

Due to their strong league play and competitive season and post-season record, the Mustangs were offered a bid to the CIF State Playoffs. Players and coaches alike made the trip to The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA. Captains, Andie '17 and Jessica '17 reflected on the team's mindset:

"Coming to the final stretch of our season, we believe our team is stronger than ever going into State playoffs with the 'how you finish' mindset. We are going to continue to have fun and be confident while playing our best, leaving it all out there on the court."


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