Redondo wins own girls volleyball tourney then takes Bay League championship
by Randy Angel
Ranked No. 2 in the nation by two separate polls and in CIF-Southern Section Division 1, Redondo’s girls volleyball team continued to prepare itself for the stiff competition of the CIF playoffs by winning its own Power Classic tournament on Saturday followed by the Bay League championship on Wednesday.
In the regular season finale, Mira Costa hosted Redondo but a large, vocal home crowd proved to be no help as the Mustangs fell in three sets.
Redondo (34-2) captured its second consecutive Bay League title and 6th in seven years defeating Mira Costa 25-20, 25-14, 25-17.
Sophomore Kami Miner recorded five kills in the first set before junior libero Nalani Iosia served an ace to give Redondo the win.
The Sea Hawk’s Jasmine Davis posted six of her nine kills in the second set that included an 8-0 run.
Mira Costa kept fighting, taking a 7-2 lead to begin the third set and went ahead 15-11 later in the set behind the offensive output of seniors Memphis Glasgow and Rochelle Scott. The duo finished with nine and seven kills, respectively.
Redondo was helped by Jylen Whitten and Miner who each posted four kills in the final set as the Sea Hawks won 14 on the final 20 points for the victory.
Mira Costa (23-9) went into the match ranked No. 7 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll.
Mustang head coach Cam Green remains optimistic for a deep run in the playoffs.
“Redondo is a strong, experienced team,” Green said. “We have the talent for a strong showing in the playoffs but need to eliminate mistakes.”
The 16-team Division 1 playoffs begin Thursday, Oct. 18 with the finals held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Cerritos College.
In the Power Classic Tournament, Redondo defeated Long Beach Poly (No. 13, Div. 1) in the championship match with a 22-25, 25-20, 15-10 victory.
After sweeping St. Lucy’s, West Torrance and Santa Monica in Friday’s pool play, Redondo beat Valencia 25-7, 25-16 and Scripps Ranch 25-19, 25-19 to reach the finals.
Redondo was led by Tournament MVP Jasmine Davis who recorded nine kills in the championship match. Also selected to the All-Tournament team were Kami Miner, Nalani Iosia and Ava Kirunchyk.
In the finals, Miner recorded 14 kills and 13 assists, Emily Mitter had 13 assists and Laila Ricks had five blocks.