Top Seeded Reseda triumphs over Northridge Academy in 3 sets during D3 City Section CIF Volleyball Playoffs Round 2
In the D3 CIF City Section playoff, the Reseda Regents faced the Northridge Academy Pumas on Thursday, October 26, fresh off a win versus Sylmar the previous week, to win the Valley Mission League title for the first time in school history. Meanwhile Northridge Academy, was also coming in off a win, but in the play-in round of playoffs against Dr. Angelou Community. Top seeded Regents and towered over the Pumas in a 3-0 sweep (25-3, 25-18, 25-17).
“We prepared for anything to happen,” said Reseda head coach Isebiu Reyes about his team’s approach to their opening contest of the playoffs.
In the first set Reseda was relentless on the court, scoring at will on the Pumas. The final point of the set was scored by the Regents outside hitter Gabriela Funes, whose kill froze the Pumas in position, unable to react to the hit. Funes’ hit led the Regents to win that set 25-3.
There was somewhat of a let down at the start of the second set primarily because of attack errors by the Regents, but that didn’t stop them from going on to win the set. The Pumas senior middle Claudia Balsels had a big successful block early on. After the mistakes in the beginning of the set, it turned into a back-and-forth battle. The Regents were able to maintain their lead over the Pumas after Funes again showed her power with three hits in a row that the Pumas failed to act on, which isn’t a common occurrence in the Regents 14-2 team. The final score of the set was 25-18.
Reseda started the third set by giving a point to the Pumas after the ball went out of play. The Regents’ middle Emelia Gustavsson had a strong kill to get them on the board. However, over the next few plays, the Regents made mistakes because of communication errors and hesitancy of the players, giving the Pumas a big early lead by a score of 1-6. Once the Regents came back with beast mode on, the Pumas lost their fire, leading the score to become 8-7, surpassing the Pumas after an incredible save by the Regents junior setter Alyssa Ornelas. After Incredible digs by the Regents seniors Lindsay Berrios and Valerie Peraza the score only continued to rise. The final point of the game was by the Regents middle blocker Lesly Mejia serve to set up junior Emelia Gustavsson’s kill, sealing the game for a spot in the quarterfinals of the D3 Girls Volleyball CIF City Section playoffs after a 25-17 win.
After the game, Reseda athletic director Gary Flitzandis commented, “our girls are true champs and won, now off to the next round, quarterfinals,”. Coach Reyes added his thoughts regarding the next round, “It will be more of the same thing. We are already physically prepared, it's now about being mentally prepared to be ready for our next opponent”.
The next game for the Regents will take place at their current home gym at SOCES at 4:00 p.m., Monday, October 30, versus Triumph Charter. Triumph will be coming in off of a 3-1 victory over University Prep Value.