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Carnegie volleyball steps up the challenge, wins title game against Excelsior

By in Press Enterprise on November 11, 2017

By C.J. Daft

Riverside Carnegie went from having not a lot of experience at the beginning of the year to becoming CIF Southern Section Division 10 girls volleyball champion Friday afternoon.

The Wolverines were hardly challenged in the championship match, sweeping Victorville Excelsior 25-12, 25-10, at Cerritos College.

Carnegie, formerly known as Riverside Christian, dropped just one set on the way in the tournament title. In the final rankings, the Wolverines were fifth.

First-year Carnegie coach Phil Sutherland’s team has only one player with club experience and four players — including two starters — who had no prior organized volleyball experience before the season.

“It was a challenge, but they were eager to learn,” Sutherland said. “It was a little rough at the beginning of the year, but little by little they started to believe and prep what we were teaching them, and it started to come together.”

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Excelsior, which finished second in the Cross Valley League and had only lost two sets in the playoffs coming in, struggled to return Carnegie’s serving and attack. The Eagles finished with a negative hitting percentage at -.038, and the Wolverines served 18 aces as a team. The Eagles scored the first point of […]    

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