Redwood boys’ volleyball advances to MCAL finals after ferocious defeat of El Molino

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Sam Sheridan

Winning three consecutive sets, the boys’ varsity volleyball team defeated the El Molino Lions on Wednesday and secured its position to once again play Marin Catholic in the MCAL finals on Friday.

The win boosted Redwood’s morale going into the final and contributed to its undefeated league record.

“It’s a great momentum booster going into the MCAL finals., Last year our semi-final game against the same team went to five sets and was a little nerve-racking before the finals. This year it was good to clean this one up in three sets and put us right where we need to be,” said senior Ryan Mishoe.

Although Redwood looked like the number one seed during the second set, when it took care of business in a 25-13 thrashing, there were also moments where the team struggled with consistency and allowed the Lions to hang around. This was particularly evident in the first and third sets, which Redwood won 25-23 and 25-20, respectively.

In the second set, the Giants decimated the Lions, barraging them with a battery of kills from seniors Nate Orwig and Ryan Mishoe and junior Brendan Winters, who lead the Giants to a dominating win. The stellar play in the second set was a relief to head coach Tahan Minakov after his team struggled out of the gate.

With the clinching of the third set, Redwood cemented its place in the MCAL final with a chance to finish undefeated in MCAL for the first time in the history of the program.

The Giants will play in the MCAL finals for the third consecutive year when they take the court against Marin Catholic on Friday at 7 p.m. at College of Marin.