Girls Volleyball: Poly Moves on to CIF Division 4 Quarterfinals After Saturday’s Second Round Victory at Santa Barbara; Panthers Win in Four Games

From Staff Reports: And then there was one. Poly, after FSHA’s four-set loss at San Clemente in their CIF-SS Division 2 second-round match, is the last Pasadena-La Canada program left in the girls volleyball playoffs. The Panthers’ earned the 25-14, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-22 postseason victory in the second round contest at Santa Barbara. Poly […]

From Staff Reports:

And then there was one.

Poly, after FSHA’s four-set loss at San Clemente in their CIF-SS Division 2 second-round match, is the last Pasadena-La Canada program left in the girls volleyball playoffs.

The Panthers’ earned the 25-14, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-22 postseason victory in the second round contest at Santa Barbara.

Poly will host St. Margaret’s on Wednesday at 6 in the quarterfinal round.

The Tartans (18-10) defeated the visitors from La Habra in 4 games on Saturday night to earn the quarterfinal showdown at Poly.

Back to Poly, though.

Kate Salembier led the way offensively .

The Panthers’ star junior had a team-high 14 kills.

But Poly was incredibly balanced so far from home, and that’s why they’re moving on to the third round.

Ella Mao, Alexis Pappachan and Zoey Mao each contributed 12 kills apiece in the victory.

Debbie Hong added 25 digs and 4 assists.

Lauren Kidman had a match-high 47 assists, as well as 5 digs.

Zoey Mao might have arguably had the most complete match.

Along with her 12 kills, the Poly junior also had 5 aces, 5 assists and 4 blocks.

Quotable:

Poly coach Katrina Damasco: “It’s never easy to be on the road during the playoffs, especially when the opponent is so far. Routines are off and the environment is unfamiliar. But the girls responded well. They walked on the court ready to play. Santa Barbara was a great host and they played well making us earn each point. Our serving was a key factor in our win tonight. Also, there was no one offensive standout. (Kate) Salembier led the team with 14 kills, but we were able to move the ball around giving (Ella) Mao, (Zoey) Mao, and (Alexis) Pappachan a chance to contribute 12 kills a piece. I’m so proud of this team and how they handled today. We look forward to hosting our next round on Wednesday.”

Records: Poly (17-5); Santa Barbara (11-17)

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