A wonderful season for the La Salle High girls' volleyball team came to a conclusion in Tuesday evening’s first round of the CIF State Division I playoffs as La Salle fell at fourth-ranked Clovis West, 19-25, 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 15-11.
The defeat caps the season for fifth-ranked La Salle (34-3), which won the program’s first-ever CIF Southern Section Division I-A championship Saturday after a 25-16, 25-20, 29-27 win over El Dorado.
“Clovis had a tall block, but this wasn’t our best game,” Lancers Coach Tiare Tuitama said. “There were some good rallies and some scrappy play, but the four-hour bus drive really hurt us.”
Sophomore Haley DeSales paced La Salle with 15 kills and 15 digs, while libero Caroline Knop tallied 40 digs, setter Alyssa Tavera totaled 45 assists, Jessica Kennedy added 19 kills and three blocks, Cheri Raymundo contributed 10 digs and Riley Spriesterbach finished with 12 kills and two blocks.
“We just didn’t have the same energy as we had on Saturday, but I’m still proud of our girls,” Tuitama said. “It’s bittersweet. We didn’t go as far in state as last year or as far as I would have liked, but we won a ring this year, which we didn’t do last year. We did something this year that the school has never done, so that’s great.”
Last season, the Lancers advanced to the second round of the Division II state playoff bracket before being eliminated by top-seeded La Costa Canyon. However, that La Salle team also lost in the Division II-AA championship to St. Lucy’s, 3-0.
With the win, Clovis West (28-12) moves onto Saturday’s secound at top-seeded Marymount (34-5).