The Mira Costa girls beach volleyball team is Southern Pacific District IBVL champions for the seventh consecutive year after beating Laguna Beach 3-0 in the championship at Dockweiler State Beach last Saturday.

Ever since the Southern Pacific Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League was formed by the AAU for girls’ beach volleyball, one team has played in every championship held and that is Mira Costa. Every year after the very first year they have won the IBVL.

“Winning was a great feeling,” said Mira Costa’s Kate Reilly. “As a program we have worked really hard to make sure that we were prepared to compete. The competition is getting better and better every year and it is hard not to let the pressure of the “streak” get in your head, but thankfully Olivia Bakos and I have really good chemistry and handle pressure very well.”

There is no more dominant team in any sport around than the Mira Costa girls beach volleyball team.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity representing Mira Costa in this highly competitive tournament,” Bakos said. “Having the experience from freshman and sophomore year definitely helped, but the pressure of upholding and continuing our winning streak definitely weighed heavy on my mind. Luckily, I had an awesome partner (Kate Reilly) and a deep team that helped carried us all to victory.”

They now have a winning streak that is at 98 with the upcoming state tournament yet to be played. Mira Costa won the very first two state championships and will be going for its third.

Mira Costa head coach Nancy Reynolds will be in it for the first time.

“I am looking forward to seeing the competition from up North and San Diego. We are prepared to face the challenge head on.”

It was the first IBVL championship for Reynolds, who coached the team that first year and lost. It was a different outcome this time around for the coach, who led her team to the top of the Bay Division with an 8-0 mark and three more wins after that to improve to 11-0.

“It's always more fun to win,” Reynolds said. “The first one was certainly more laid back and there weren't a lot of expectations.  This time around with the history and pressure, it felt really good to come out on top.”

She spoke about the season overall and about having to adjust after she was hired to return as head coach.

“It's been a fun season getting to know the girls. It took a little while to settle into what worked for us, as a team, but once we defined that, it has been a really great ride.”

What were her thoughts heading into the final match.

“We expected a hard-fought final,” Reynolds said. “Our No. 3 team started off a little shaky, with some nerves but we had some laughs to settle in.”

The No. 2 and No. 3 team secured the championship. The No. 1 teams finished up playing with Bakos and Reilly winning in two and then the celebration ensued.

“Being a senior on the team bring huge responsibilities however it’s amazing to know that no matter what, I have my team supporting me always,” Rochelle Scott said. “We are a team full of different ages but when you get on the court, we become one team with one goal.” 

Mira Costa’s Kate Reilly and Natalie Myskowski won the IBVL Pairs Tournament with a win over Jenna Colligan and Madeline Bonanni the previous week.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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