Torreys are on a roll: Country Day girls’ volleyball beats Bishop’s to continue streak
Peter Ogle has been coaching girls’ volleyball at La Jolla Country Day for 32 years, but he has never seen a team as strong as the one he has this year.
“This is probably my best team,” Ogle said without hesitation.
Entering the week of Oct. 5, the Torreys were off to a perfect 14-0 start and appeared headed for a run deep into the postseason.
Country Day has been led by outside hitters Lauren Birks (103 kills) and Mollie Rogers (71) as well as the setting trio of Chloe Mathis (121 assists), Jessie Altman (87) and Kelsey Plum (41).
But the key to the Torreys’ success, Ogle said, is that that group has plenty of talented players surrounding it.
“I have a lot of really, really good players,” Ogle said, matter-of-factly. “We have tremendous depth, and that really helps with pushing each other in practice.
The Torreys continued their dominance Tuesday against city rival and Coastal League South foe Bishop’s, with a scores of 26-24, 19-25, 28-26, and 25-14. The Knights entered the contest 17-3.
Ogle said this year’s team matches up with, and may surpass, his 2003 team in terms of talent. That team won the CIF San Diego Section Division IV title (a year after a runner-up finish), and was led by Candice Wiggins, who went on to become a two-sport star at Stanford and now plays in the WNBA.
“We have a good group of juniors, so we knew this was coming,” Ogle said. “They’re a good group, and we’ve added some really talented kids to them.”
Other girls’ volleyball news
La Jolla High swept Grossmont, 25-10, 25-21, 25-22, on Sept. 29, getting 13 kills from Haley Cameron.
The Vikings suffered a 25-16, 25-22, 25-14 defeat to Cathedral Catholic on Sept. 30. They rebounded with a 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-13 win over Point Loma on Oct. 2. Madeline Lee led the way with 21 kills.
Country Day cruised to a 25-16, 25-9, 25-14 victory over San Pasqual on Sept. 30.
The Torreys won the Scripps Ranch Invitational over the weekend, winning three games on Oct. 2. On Oct. 3 they rolled into the finals before sweeping Santa Fe Christian in two games. Lauren Birks was named the tournament MVP.
Bishop’s rolled to a 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Santa Fe Christian on Sept. 29. Maddie Lord’s 13 kills led the Knights.
Bishop’s swept Horizon Christian, 25-8, 25-10, 25-16, on Oct. 1, as Lord totaled 12 aces.
On Oct. 2, the Knights toppled Tri-City Christian, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16. Ina Kamenova had 43 assists.