No Sathers, no problem for Carrillo volleyball

Posted by Press Democrat correspondent Dewey Forget:
For the first time in about 10 years, Maria Carrillo volleyball doesn’t have a Sather sister knocking down balls on the outside. Three Sathers — Kristy, Ally, and Kaitlin — all went on to play college ball. Carrillo coach Jeff Nielson always had a Sather available when he needed a big point. It’s a bit different this season. No Sather, but the Pumas are still the team to beat in the North Bay League.
They took care of Rancho Cotate and Ukiah this week to improve to 6-0. The Pumas don’t look as invincible as is past years, but they are still formidable. Caylie Seitz, only a junior but already a powerful hitter from either side, was on fire against Ukiah with 26 kills.
Seitz said she started the season a little slow, but is getting more comfortable with each match. If she gets much more comfortable, she will be scary-good. Nielson, though, is still looking for that other part of the puzzle — a second girl who can step up and make a big hit at a crucial time. Kristyn Casalino may be the one. She had seven kills against Ukiah.
Libero Michelle Stewart is solid, as is setter Devin Andrews-Lyssy. It would be a surprise if the Pumas get through the league season without a loss, but they do have a rich history that will carry them a long ways. They are still the team to beat. Another nice section run could be in their future.