Volleyball seeks MCAL pennant

Riley Overend

The varsity girls’ volleyball team was two points away from an undefeated MCAL record before a controversial call handed the squad its first league loss against Branson last week.

Sophomore Lily Barber bumps the ball during a recent match.
Sophomore Lily Barber bumps the ball during a recent match.

A double call on team captain Rachael Thorson allowed Branson to edge out a 3-2 victory, tying the season series at one apiece after a Redwood victory earlier in the season.

Despite the loss, Redwood earned a first-round bye in the MCAL playoffs this week. Thanks to a tiebreaker decided on before the season, the Giants beat out Branson for the top spot.

“I think our team chemistry is really great this year,” sophomore hitter Elly Lundberg said. “I think we have a really good chance of beating Branson if we play them in the championship.”

As of press time, Redwood has not yet played in Thursday’s semifinal match. However, they are expected to face Branson in the league championship at College of Marin on Saturday. If Branson reaches the finals as expected, they will be vying for their third consecutive MCAL pennant.

Redwood is the first seed entering MCAL’s and is ranked 16th in the state, according to Max Preps.