Triple Threat: Game Night
vs. El Molino
The undefeated men’s volleyball team made easy work of the El Molino Lions, beating them in three straight games on Senior Night.
The Giants started out slow, winning the first game only 25-21. But as senior outside Nate Orwig and junior setter Jacob Zimmerman warmed up, Redwood’s advantage became clear when they assertively won the second game 25-13 and finished off with a score of 25-21 again in the third game to clinch the win.
The Giants went undefeated in the MCAL regular season and were the top seed heading into playoffs. According to junior Brendan Winters, the team is the third seed going into NCS.
“Our instinctive defense and our improved passing have lead us to be even better this year,” Winters said.
According to Winters, Orwig leads the team both emotionally and in kills.
The team’s attitude for playoffs is positive in part because of strong team chemistry.
“There are a lot of characters on the team who are all very fun to be around,” said Winters.
The team is predicted to go farther this year than last year’s disappointing second round defeat.
“Last year we had a by and then immediately lost our first game on the road so we are looking forward to giving it another try this year,” Winters said.
The Giants defeated El Molino 3-0 again in the MCAL semifinals on Wednesday, May 4th. While Redwood has been the team to beat all season, a league pennant has proved elusive over the last several years because of the continued success of Drake. However, this year’s Pirates squad proved young and inexperienced, which left the door open for the Giants. Marin Catholic will be their toughest competition, although Redwood has come out on top in their two previous meetings this season. The MCAL finals matchup between Redwood and MC will be Friday, May 6th.
Coming off a previous loss to Drake, the Redwood softball team came back strong with a 11-1 win victory that only lasted 5 innings due to the mercy rule.
Right off the bat, the Giants scored four runs in the first inning thanks to a series of well-timed home runs.
“Sabrina [Nunez] got on, Kayla [Rose] moved her over, and then I hit a homerun. Then the cycle started over again and Ali Lee ended up hitting a homer too so we went up four runs in the first inning, which built up momentum for us to get going early,” senior Shawn McCullough said.
Drake’s star freshman pitcher Sona Halajian, who has committed to UC Berkeley, had been dominant in the previous matchup. However, the Giants rallied together this game and lengthened their lead to 10 runs in the fifth inning, invoking the mercy rule and ending it early.
“We were not prepared for her when we went into the first game so coming into the second game we had really practiced with our hitting and it payed off,” McCullough said. .
The Giants are hoping for a deep playoff run this year because their core is made up of seniors who have been playing together for several years.
“Our team dynamic is so good this year because everyone is connected and has been friends for the last two to three years. We have a really big graduating class this year so our class is kind of leaving, which means it might be our last year to be very good,” McCullough said.
The Giants placed second in the MCAL regular season, behind Marin Catholic, and are ranked No. 3 in NCS.
“Drake is the team to beat so that was a really big moment for the group. It’s always exciting, practices are really relaxed, and everyone on the team just likes to have fun,” McCullough said.
Redwood’s only two losses this season have come at the hands of Marin Catholic and Drake, both early in the season. But as the Giants proved on Game Night, they have made significant strides throughout the season. They faced the No. 1 Marin Catholic Wildcats on May 6 in what was potentially be a preview of the MCAL finals. The Giants lost a close match 7-5, but if they improve upon their execution they can still have a shot at the pennant.
The boy’s varsity lacrosse team started off hot against Tam, scoring six goals in the first period, and never letting up on the pressure. The Giants dominated possession of the the game and ended with a 12-1 victory.
Redwood maintained possession for the majority of the game, weaving through Tam’s defense at will. The Red-Tailed Hawks’ few chances were easily deflected by junior goalie Cosmo Taylor, as Tam’s only goal came during garbage minutes at the end of the game.
The boy’s lacrosse team will be ranked No. 9 heading into the NCS Division 1 playoffs, where they will face Casa Grande, the No. 8 seed.
According to junior starter Cameron Breck, this year’s team had potential but ultimately fell short.
“I think we worked really hard but had difficulty bringing it all together at the end of the season,” Breck said.
Breck also said that the team struggled with a lack of clear leadership, but he believes next year Redwood will be able to take control of the league.
The Giants are caught in the unusual position of being able to beat every team in the league easily—except for Marin Catholic. Their only loss of the regular season came when they fell to the Wildcats 16-8. Redwood’s title chances rest on whether they can finally break through and beat their rival. However, in the MCAL finals, Redwood walked away with yet another second place finish after losing 15-4.