Redondo is good as Gold

first_imgGIRLS VOLLEYBALL: The Sea Hawks defeat Santa Margarita to win Redondo Power Classic. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER Megan Saraceno and Devon Dykstra each had 11 kills to help host Redondo power through a familiar foe in Santa Margarita, 25-14, 25-20, to capture the Gold Division crown of the Redondo Power Classic Tournament. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Redondo beat Santa Margarita in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA semifinals last season and edged it in the Durango Tournament this year. It was also the third consecutive time the Sea Hawks faced Santa Margarita in their own tournament final, so this was a rubber match of sorts. “We won two years ago and they won last year,” Redondo outside hitter Megan Saraceno said. “This group of seniors was 1-1 against them and we wanted to go out being 2-1.” Another senior, setter Lauren Allen, fed Saraceno and Dykstra regularly on the left side. The result, more often than not, was a kill. “Lauren was doing really well by keeping their middle off guard and giving us 1-on-1 on the outside. Our offense all came from her,” Saraceno said. Kenna Crouse had eight kills and Lauren Ciszek added five for Santa Margarita, which was overmatched at the net. Molly Goldbach had four blocks for Redondo. The balls she wasn’t able to stuff were usually dug out by Dykstra and her sister Lara, who had nine apiece to lead the team. Santa Margarita’s Christina Berry served three straight aces in the middle of Game 2 to draw her team within two, but Redondo didn’t allow the Eagles to narrow the gap any further. The two teams traded points until Taylor Moore’s kill ended a lengthy rally in which both teams handled the ball seven times. Saraceno promptly put away the game’s final point on the following play. Redondo had gone on an even longer streak to close Game 1, recording six straight points, four of which came on hitting errors by Santa Margarita. Allen and Saraceno were named tournament co-MVPs. Dykstra and Jessica Kalama also received all-tournament honors. All four players are entering the stretch run of their senior season, which they hope to punctuate with a win over visiting Mira Costa Thursday. “Everyone expects greatness from us. This win was very important because it is the starting point of the biggest part of our season,” Dykstra said. “I was really pleased with our performance. We had talked about playing with greater discipline and I felt we were in our spots and ready for any kind of a play,” Redondo coach Tommy Chaffins said. “If we continue to do that, we’re going to be tough to put the ball down against.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more