Playing at Palos Verdes has been a struggle for the Mira Costa boys volleyball team the last few years.
After failing to win there since 2015, the Mustangs were determined to produce a different outcome in Tuesday’s Bay League battle.
“We had to bring the same intensity (Tuesday) that we did to every other game.”
Mira Costa came out firing, encountered a brief slip in the second set before going on to hand PV a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21 defeat.
Strong play at the net helped Mira Costa (12-4, 3-1) get some breathing room in the opening game. Dain Johnson’s kill was followed by a Thomas Kretschemer block that helped the Mustangs open up a 13-10 advantage.
But it was the play of Coordt that made the difference. Coordt’s lone block of the opening game helped the Mustangs take a six-point lead before Matthew Montag’s kill finished off the set.
“Ben is only a sophomore, and everyone is aware of what he can do,” Mira Costa coach Avery Drost said. “He’s one of the better kids in his age group, and has a really good work ethic.”
PV kept pace in the second, never letting Mira Costa build more than a two-point lead before reeling off the game’s final three points, capped by Eric Yeich’s game-ending kill.
“I liked our energy, we didn’t give up. Our boys felt like we had a chance to win,” PV coach Patrick Lynch said. “We were able to run our offense, our defense was playing well and we were serving more aggressively.”
Mira Costa came out in the third and quickly asserted itself. The Mustangs opened up a 6-2 lead on Adam Sevier’s second kill of the game, and took a 14-4 advantage on Coordt’s second kill of the game.
“We had a big advantage in the middle (of the match), and our kids did a great job. It’s been a continuation (of the season),” Drost said. “Our outside hitters were hitting high balls, and that was something we were working on a lot in practice.”
Coordt finished off PV in the third with his fifth kill of the game.
“When we pass well, and get our middles involved, we know we can win every game pretty handily,” Coordt said. “PV was passing really well in the second set, and we weren’t getting any first-ball kills. We slipped and they were playing well.”
It looked as though Mira Costa’s errors would help PV force a fifth game. The Mustangs’ fourth error of the fourth game made it 9-8, but up stepped Coordt and extended the lead. His fourth kill of the game helped Mira Costa open up a 13-8 lead before PV’s error on match-point ended the match.
Kyle Hobus had 11 kills to lead PV, while Kyle Cross and Andre Lawrence had five kills each. Yeich dished out 23 assists and Grady Hoffman added 16 digs for the Sea Kings.
“Mira Costa has a great team with a lot of options,” Lynch said. “Their setter did a great job of dispersing the ball around, and they stayed in their system a little more than we did.”