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Country Day tops Bishop’s for girls’ volleyball title

Torreys seeded first in state tournament

To outsider observers, it may have seemed a foregone conclusion, but for those inside La Jolla Country Day’s girls’ volleyball program, there was plenty of joy associated with the team’s first section championship in six years.

Country Day toppled rival The Bishop’s School, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, on Nov. 21 to win the CIF San Diego Section Division IV title. The victory ran the Torreys’ record to 31-1 and set them up nicely for a run toward a possible state championship.

“These two teams are very close, so if a play goes differently here or there, and the outcome is totally different,” Country Day coach Peter Ogle said.

“We’re big and strong at the net, and I think our blocking was the difference”

Mollie Rodgers led the Torreys with 19 kills in the title match, and was aided by the solid setting of Chloe Mathis, Ogle said. Gillian Howard totaled seven blocks.

Bishop’s got 13 kills from Kristen Casey and 39 assists from Ina Kamenova, but it wasn’t enough to get past a Torreys team that the Knights had lost to twice earlier in the season.

Country Day was seeded first and reached the section final with a first-round bye, a sweep of Escondido Charter in a Nov. 13 quarterfinal and a 25-10, 25-11, 25-21 victory over Francis Parker in the Nov. 17 semifinals.

Bishop’s was seeded second and also had a first-round bye. The Knights swept Christian in the quarters on Nov. 13, then toppled Santa Fe Christian, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, in the semis on Nov. 17.

Because the state tournament takes two teams from each section, both teams advanced to the CIF State Division IV championships. Country Day was seeded first in the Southern California region and was scheduled to host Connelly of Anaheim in a first-round game todat. Bishop’s was seeded second and scheduled to visit Foshay Learning Center of Los Angeles, also today.

If both teams win their first-round games and their second-round games on Nov. 28, they would square off again in the Dec. 1 regional final for a chance to play in the state final Dec. 5 at UC Irvine.

Ogle said he didn’t want to get ahead of himself by thinking about a rematch with Bishop’s, but is confident heading into the state tournament.

“I think we have a chance (to win a state title),” he said.

Gregory Ball covers sports for La Jolla Light. He can be reached at ballgregory@yahoo.com.