Victories coming early and often for volleyball squad

Joseph Compagno

The varsity girls’ volleyball team will take on rival Branson this Friday on the Bulls’ home court. Last year, Redwood lost to Branson in heartbreaking fashion in the MCAL championship.

However, the girl’s squad is ready to avenge last season’s loss.

Currently, Branson stands in second place, while the Giants sit in first.  Branson graduated multiple Division I seniors last year, yet still have a strong arsenal of players.

Hannah Gerson, junior, tips the ball over the net at Drake on Sept. 14. The Giants won the game in 3 sets.

The team will take on San Rafael tonight, who is currently winless in MCAL. San Rafael is in the process of trying to drop down to the junior varsity division, which means it should be a long night for the Giants.

The Giants cruised passed Drake last Friday, winning the first three sets of the game 25-12, 25-19, and 25-17.

On Sept. 4, the Redwood volleyball team beat the Saint Ignatius Wildcats 3 sets to 1, pushing the Giants to a 2-0 record.

Though there are only two seniors on the team this year, Redwood’s underclassmen demonstrated their ability to step in and take charge. Redwood juniors Sierra Dawson, Sophie DiGrazia, and sophomore Bailey Osborn combined for 46 kills.

Redwood dominated the first set 25-10.  The second set, however, did not go so smoothly. Saint Ignatius showed some spark with a six point win in the second set which soon died off.

“The girls played really well together,” coach Katie Pease said. “They fought and came back when they were down.”

Redwood dug deep and went on to win the third set in a close 25-22 and then regained complete control in the final set with a 15-point win to end the night in a victory.

Bailey Osborn, sophomore, and juniors Rachael Thorson and Sophie DiGrazia celebrate after scoring a point against St. Ignatius.