Girls’ varsity volleyball continues winning streak at Marin Catholic

Catherine Conrow

The girls’ varsity volleyball team defeated Marin Catholic in a 3-1 victory on Friday night.

“I haven’t seen a Redwood team play defense like that in a really long time,” said head coach Katie Pease.

The Giants lost the first game 25-21.  After the initial loss, sophomore hitter McKenzie Cooke later said the team found renewed energy and successfully came together to win the second game 28-26 after a few final riveting points and a winning kill by Cooke.

Junior Marguerite Spaethling prepares to hit the ball.
Junior Marguerite Spaethling prepares to hit the ball.

The Giants then won the third game 25-20. Marin Catholic coach Jake Spain was given a red card by the referee for disputing a call made on a possible touch, which resulted in an extra point for Redwood.

The varsity team finished strong in the final game, ending with a score of 25-19.

“This was the first match of the season that we really had to fight to get points on, which brought our team together,” said sophomore setter Mari Molina.  “The rallies were super long, so we were really tired by the end, but we were all able to push through it to win.”

Molina made 51 assists throughout the four games, senior Annie Williams and junior Lily Barber combined had 36 successful digs, and team captain Bailey Osborn showed off her offensive skills with 21 kills in the match.

Friday’s victory came after picking up a 3-0 win against Novato on Sept. 17 and an undefeated first place finish at the Albany Cougar Challenge on Sept. 13.

The team’s  next match will be against Branson on Friday, Sept. 26.