Girls Volleyball CIF Playoffs, Round one: Hemet beat Palm Springs 3-0 on Thursday
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
When both teams see red, things can get really hairy. This especially holds true for the girls volleyball teams of Hemet High and Palm Springs High. The two red teams met up at Hemet High School on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18 for round one of the CIF Division 5 playoffs.
From the get-go, it was obvious to spectators that the Hemet Bulldogs came prepared for this match. They would build up an early lead against the Indians of PS, who struggled this evening to get on-form. The Bulldogs would run away with the first set 25-12.
The Indians would try to put the pressure on the Bulldogs early on in set two, and at times the two teams were neck-and-neck. But then the Bulldogs rocketed ahead and took set two 25-12. Ever get the feeling that this moment has happened before?
Set three was where the Bulldogs almost lost composure, with Palm Springs springing into the lead mid-set. But the Bulldogs came clawing back, pushing ahead again to matchpoint. The Bulldogs won this first round, with a matchpoint of 26-24 in this set.
Coach Joe Schnake says his team did well to start, but could have finished stronger: “For two sets we were pretty solid. We ended up having… probably a 500-kill ratio throughout the entire match. Palm Springs, gotta give it to them, scrappy team! They made some adjustments there, they forced our outside but as you could see we were trying to move our middles to play a little stronger on offense.”
Unfortunately, the Lady Bulldogs would be felled the following at home on Saturday by the Viewpoint Patriots, proving that no matter how good you are you can’t discount the Los Angeles teams. Still, the Bulldogs had a fantastic run of 26-7 this season and are Mountain Pass League champions, winning 10-0.
Elsewhere in playoffs:
– The West Valley Mustangs lost in round one of Division 7 playoffs against Chino’s Don Lugo High. But it was close: 3-2! The Mustangs finish this season 20-7 overall.