Notre Dame tops Paloma Valley in Division 6 girls volleyball quarterfinal
By Matt Jocks
MENIFEE — A year older, plenty wiser and just as talented, the Notre Dame girls’ volleyball team is a victory away from a return trip to the California Interscholastic Federation finals.
The Titans showed a few of the things they have learned along the way Saturday in slowly taking over the Division 6 quarterfinal match against fourth-seeded Paloma Valley. The 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 victory earned Notre Dame (21-5) a home match in the semifinals against Walnut or Aquinas.
“I think last year, it was kind of like we didn’t know what was coming next,” captain Trinity Wyscarver said. “This year, I feel like we really have a plan for getting back to the final.”
Like all plans, it has to account for some variables.
In the case of Saturday’s match, it was a jittery first set in which Notre Dame rallied from a five-point hole, took a 23-21 lead and then saw the set slip away on four straight loose points.
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“I think we really needed to keep patient,” Wyscarver said. “We needed to stay calm, cool and collected.”
The Titans, whose tallest player is 5-foot-9, also needed […]