Although the Sailors (6-3), ranked No. 4 in Orange County, focused on
defense and hitting coverage to prepare for the match against Mater Dei
(15-2), the Monarchs were just too powerful.
Ashley Bayer had 16 kills and Whitney Pavlik had 15 to lead Mater Dei's offense. Although the score doesn't reflect it, Newport Harbor also
showed glimpses of offensive power.
The Sailors were led by Alyson Jennings (seven kills, 14 assists) and
Christine Woller (five kills, 10 assists). Kristen McClune also chipped
in with five kills and eight assists.
The Sailors had a few good runs, especially during the first game. The
hosts came within trailed Mater Dei, 6-4, but the Monarchs scored five
straight points to take an 11-4 lead. Newport crept back to trail, 14-9,
after Mater Dei made a few unforced errors, but Mallorie Croal had a kill
to seal the game for Mater Dei.
In the second game, Newport jumped to a 2-0 lead, but Mater Dei scored
on two unforced errors to pull even. Newport took a 3-2 lead after the
Mater Dei allowed the ball to drop for an error. Newport led 4-3 at one
point, but the Monarchs took over after that, going on a 12-1 run to win
the game. The Monarchs sealed the game with akill by Pavlik.
In game three, Mater Dei opened with a 6-1 run. Newport scored two
points on unforced errors, but the Monarchs came on strong again, scoring
five straight points to take an 11-3 lead. The Sailors took a timeout
late in the game to regroup, but the Monarchs closed it out by
capitalizing on an unforced error and making three straight blocks.
"I thought if we got a run we could have a chance," Glenn said. "(The
Monarchs) are not huge physically, but they did a nice job of keeping the
ball in play. They just let teams beat themselves."
Mater Dei Coach Craig Pazanti was without All-American Breegan
Mulligan, who had a sprained ankle. Despite that, Pazanti was glad the
outcome of the game wasn't different.
"Any time you come in here and win it's good," Pazanti said. "I
definately wasn't expecting to come out with a win like this."