High school volleyball roundup: Maria Carrillo captures 12th straight NBL title

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Behind the front-line hitting of Claire Brady and Courtney Seda, Maria Carrillo defeated Windsor in straight sets Tuesday night to clinch its 12th consecutive North Bay League volleyball crown.

The Pumas prevailed 25-17, 26-24 and 25-4.

Brady, who is 6-foot-2, led the offense with 11 kills while Courtney Seda had eight.

The win improved Carrillo’s league record to 13-0 with one match remaining. Montgomery, in second place, has lost twice.

“We dramatically improved as the season progressed,” first-year coach Ally Sather said. “Now, we’re playing with confidence.”

Sather played for the Pumas for four years beginning in 2005 and they won league titles each of those years.

Serving has been one Carrillo’s strengths this season and it was again Tuesday.

“We served really tough,” Sather said. “When we do that, everything fall into place.”

Carrillo’s overall record is 24-6.

Montgomery sweeps to victory

At Montgomery, the Vikings got 11 kills from Hannah McGary and took care of Ukiah in straight sets. The scores were 25-16, 25-18 and 25-13. Katie Williams led Ukiah with six kills.

Cardinal Newman prevails in four

At Cardinal Newman, the Cardinals got 10 kills apiece from Haley McDaniel and Kylie LaForge and defeated Casa Grande 25-17, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-19. Juli Buehnerkemper also had a big night for the winners with nine kills while Mimi Fowler came up with 28 digs.

“Our serving improved a lot from the first time we played Casa,” coach Anna Waller said. “We missed 16 serves that night.” The Cardinals won that match in five sets.

Newman’s record is 18-8 and 9-4 in league.

Rancho wins a marathon

At Santa Rosa High, it took nearly three hours before Rancho Cotate came away with a five-set victory 23-25, 26-24, 14-25, 25-13 and 15-10.

“Rancho played great but by the last set my players were tired,” Panthers coach Amber Oden said. “They gave it everything they had in those first four games and had nothing left for the fifth.”

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