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Santa Margarita sweeps Santiago in Division I state volleyball match

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — The Santiago girls volleyball team did not play poorly during Saturday’s CIF State playoff match against Santa Margarita.

To knock off one of the state’s top-ranked teams, however, Santiago coach Courtney Krueger said her team probably needed to play a perfect match.

Santa Margarita used strong passing and a balanced offensive attack to sweep Santiago 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 in a Division I regional quarterfinal.

The top-seeded Eagles (31-9) will host No. 5 seed La Jolla The Bishop’s on Tuesday.

“We knew coming into the match that we needed to cut down the errors,” Krueger said. “We made a few too many unforced ones tonight, and they took advantage. We really had to be perfect, and that’s tough to achieve.”

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Santiago (30-7) actually outhit the Eagles during the opening set, posting a .464 attacking percentage compared to Santa Margarita’s mark of .438. The difference, as Krueger said, were a few errors near the end of the set.

Santiago is a team that can get a team out of system with tough serving, but Santa Margarita’s receivers delivered pinpoint passes in the first set, making Devon Chang’s job of running the Eagles’s offense […]    

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