By: David Segal
One more game for the seniors. That’s what was at stake on Senior Night for the Owls when they faced St Mary’s High School in possibly the last game of their careers. They delivered in convincing fashion, defeating the Knights in straight sets to send them to a play-in game against 9th ranked Raymond S Kellis High School.
The Owls entered Tuesday Night ranked #25 in the 5A conference, needing to move up one spot to secure a bid in the play-ins. The Owls got the help they needed in order to get in courtesy of Cactus, who lost against Millennium and dropped to 25th, leaving the Owls in the final playoff spot and a chance to upset Kellis.
Kellis entered the game on an 11-game winning streak, including a 3-0 victory over the Owls at Kellis earlier in the season. However, the Owls entered the game unfazed and ready to go. “My team and I are definitely up to the challenge of breaking that streak,” said Junior Angel Cruz.
The team arrived to Kellis with a lot of support, with many people from the JV team making the trip to support varsity. The first set was very competitive, but Kellis pulled away at the end and won 25-18. The Owls then dropped the second set 15-25, putting themselves in a deep hole to climb out of.
In the third set, the Owls came out with confidence and took the game to the Cougars, taking an early lead then fighting the rest of the way in a back and forth affair. The Owls took the lead at 24-23 and had a chance to win the set, but were denied off of a DeAndre Wade kill for the Cougars.
The score was tied again at 25, and then Kellis scored off of an Agua Fria block that went out of bounds to force match point. The ball was rallied multiple times before Kellis’, DeAndre Wade, tipped the ball over the the block and in front of the defense to secure the win for the Cougars.
Thank you to all of the fans who supported the Owls throughout the season, and please congratulate all the players on another great season.