The Redondo boys volleyball team knew it would be a tall order to take down Bay League rival Mira Costa, Thursday.
The Sea Hawks dropped the first set, but then rallied to win the three of the next four sets and gain a key league victory 21-25, 28-26, 25-18, 21-25, 15-9 in a wild see-saw battle.
Leading the way for Redondo (12-2, 4-0) was junior Reese Barnett who led the Sea Hawks with 14 kills and three blocks and senior Gabriel Miranda who had 11 kills and four blocks in the victory.
“I think we played well as a team. When the pressure was on we all stepped up and made plays,” Barnett said. “After losing the first set we figured out what were getting. We missed a lot of defensive plays. Once we made the mental change in the second set it worked pretty well. This was a big match for us to win in Bay League. It gives us some momentum.”
With the match tied at two sets a piece Redondo jumped out to a 6-3 lead on two kills by Miranda and big block by Barnett. Mira Costa rallied to get within one on a Sevier block and two kills by Ben Coordt. Inaki Bustamante followed with three straight kills to make it 12-8 and moments later Miranda ended the match with a resounding kill to give Redondo a 15-9 fifth set victory and the match.
“It was a great match. We had some poor serving early, but we were able to get it back the second and third sets and we were able to outlast them at the end to take the match,” Miranda said. “We work real hard in practice and I think that helps us last in extended arches like tonight. This is a big win for us.”
After dropping the first set Redondo was in trouble in the second set trailing Mira Costa 15-10 thanks to the strong play of senior Adam Sevier and junior Sam Collins, who combined for 10 kills in the set for the Mustangs (11-3, 2-1). Redondo rallied to score eight of the next 11 points to tie the set at 18 thanks to six Mustang errors.
Redondo continued its charge as senior Ristin Sahebi had three big kills to give the Sea Hawks set point at 24-22. Mira Costa rallied for three straight points on two kills by sophomore Ben Coordinator and a block by Sevier that gave the Mustangs a set point at 25-24. The Sea Hawks would not be denied as two kills by senior Bustamante and another Mira Costa hitting error gave Redondo its third set point and Barnett finally ended the set blocking a Coordt attempt for a 28-26 set victory to even the match at one set a piece.
In the third set Redondo seem to find its groove taking a 15-9 lead and cruising to a 25-18 set victory thanks to four kills by Miranda.
Mira Costa would not quit as they stormed back and took the fourth set with Sevier racking up four kills and three blocks and Collins adding four kills of his own including set point for a 25-21 victory forcing the decisive fifth set.
“I thought we played pretty, but we made way too many errors, which killed us in the end,” said Sevier who had 12 kills and six blocks aid. “Our serving and passing was good at the beginning and in the fourth set, but inconsistency hurt us. We will go back to practice next week and work hard especially on our serving and passing. Then we just have to come out with the same intensity in the next match.”