Guards battle way to CIF Quarters!

November 15, 2008 by  

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Bell-Jeff comes back in CIF match to beat Grace Brethren! The Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ volleyball team

seems to play its best when it’s facing adversity. The Guards experienced their share of tough moments Thursday in a CIF Southern Section Division IVA second-round match against Grace Brethren.Bell-Jeff lost the first game against the Lancers and found themselves behind again after losing the third. Even in the crucial fifth game, the Guards fell behind by three points.          

However, the Guards mounted their share of comebacks throughout the contest, battled their way back and came away with a thrilling 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12 victory at Bell-Jeff.

“We really seem to play our best when our backs are against the wall,” Bell-Jeff Coach Miguel Segura said. “These girls know how to come back and they never give up. I’m so proud of them.”

The win puts the Guards (16-1) into the quarterfinals. Segura said he believes it is the first time a Bell-Jeff (16-1) girls’ volleyball team has been to the sweet 16 in 15 years.

“I know it’s been a very long time since it was done last,” he said.

Bell-Jeff will take on host Big Bear today at 7 p.m. in a quarterfinal match. The No. 4-seeded Bears (16-6) are the champions of the De Anza League. They advanced to the sweet 16 with a 25-14, 12-25, 26-24, 26-24 second-round win against La Sierra Academy on Thursday.

This is the first time in three seasons the Guards have been able to make it out of the second round of the playoffs.

The Guards — who won their third straight Santa Cruz League championship — are used to taking on tough teams. Grace Brethren (14-5) placed second in the Frontier League and was ranked No. 5 in the final division poll.

“We have a group of girls who battle,” Segura said. “They want to win and they want to see how we can take this.”

One of the keys to the Guards’ win against the Lancers was the play of junior libero Kim Van Dyke. Van Dyke spent the match diving, sprawling and lunging for everything that was hit her way. She finished with 30 digs.

Teammate Itria Licitra added 11 kills and Taylor Nelson and Jocelyn Cervantes had 10 kills each.

Grace Brethren received a fine effort from Katie Dye, who had a match-high 18 kills.

In the all-or-nothing fifth game, an incident might have helped Bell-Jeff take some momentum away from Grace Brethren.

With the Guards trailing, 8-5, Lancers Coach Peter Harabedian ventured to the scorer’s table. When he didn’t respond to the referee’s whistle to return to his bench, he was given a yellow card, giving a point to Bell-Jeff.

The head referee then called a timeout and a long pause ensued. After the delay, Grace Brethren was penalized for being out of rotation for their two previous points, as the points were deducted and the game resumed with the teams tied at 6.

The Guards were able to jump in front in the game, 9-8, on a kill by Licitra. Bell-Jeff was able to seal the game, and the match, on a kill by Nelson.

– By Jeff Tully – Burbank Leader

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  1. Girls Volleyball in CIF Quarter Finals! | Bell Jeff Sports on November 15th, 2008 7:24 pm

    […] GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Bell-Jeff comes back in CIF match to beat Grace Brethren! The Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ volleyball team seems to play its best when it’s facing adversity. The Guards experienced their share of tough moments Thursday in a CIF Southern Section Division IVA second-round match against Grace Brethren.Bell-Jeff lost the first game against the Lancers and found themselves behind again after losing the third. Even in the crucial fifth game, the Guards fell behind by three points. Click her for full story! […]

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