Carlmont’s girls volleyball team went 5-0 to win the 16-team Cupertino Classic Saturday, beating Mountain View (15-2) 25-20, 25-11 in the championship match. The Scots improve to 10-5 on the season and extended their win streak to eight consecutive matches. Carlmont did not allow any opponent to score more than 20 points in a set, nor more than 31 points in a match, on the day.
“Our girls just played really well all day long,” said fifth-year Carlmont Coach Chris Crader. “All 16 girls have been working hard in practice, and each one of them played great in pool play to get us to the semifinals. Then we just kept getting better and better over the last two matches. Our freshman team won a tournament last year, and our JV had a huge tournament win this year, but for these girls and me, this was our first title at Carlmont. I’m really proud of all our players, and so happy for each of them; it was a great accomplishment, especially beating a very talented and well-coached Mountain View team in the final.”
Carlmont opened with a 25-15, 25-14 win over Pioneer. Senior Alexis Morrow had five kills and two blocks, and junior Anya Meredith had three kills and two digs. Senior Elena Mateus also had three kills, and hit .600 with a pair of aces; and junior Sarah Smyth had a team-high four digs.
The Scots then beat Alma Heights Christian 25-8, 25-14 behind five kills and four digs from Meredith. Senior Alex Lay hit .667 with four kills and two blocks, and Smyth had five digs. Carlmont closed out pool play with a 25-17, 25-9 win over Wilcox. The Chargers opened up a 15-12 lead in the first set, but Carlmont really raised its level to outscore Wilcox 38-11 the rest of the way. Morrow hit .643 with nine kills and two blocks, and sophomore Maya McClellan had five kills. Senior Mia Hogan hit .500 with four kills and a block, and Meredith added five kills. Sophomore Sophie Srivastava hit .750 with three kills and 11 assists.
In the semifinals Carlmont bested Hillsdale 25-18, 25-9, beating the Knights for the second time in five days, following a four-set win Tuesday in the PAL opener for both teams. Morrow hit .692 with 10 kills and two blocks, while McClellan hit .545 with seven kills. Hogan added five kills.
In the final, Morrow hit .667 with nine kills, and McClellan had seven kills as the Scots handed the Spartans only their second loss of the season. Lay hit .571 with four kills, three blocks and an ace; senior Erin Alonso had eight digs and two aces, and Mateus had three kills, five digs, a block and an ace. Srivastava has 15 assists, three kills, three digs and an ace; senior Natalie Stainton had 10 assists; and senior Brooke Miller came off the bench to serve an ace on match point to clinch the trophy. For the day, Morrow hit .593 with 35 kills and only three hitting errors to lead her team to the title.
Carlmont returns to PAL-Bay action on Tuesday, hosting Mills, who went 3-2 to place 9th at the Cupertino Classic. The Freshman match begins at4:00, with JV and varsity to follow.
Agate, with Carlmont kill leader:
Cupertino Classic tournament at Cupertino HS (Saturday, 9/26)
Carlmont (10-5 overall) def. Pioneer 25-15, 25-14 Alexis Morrow 5 kills
Carlmont def. Alma Heights 25-8, 25-14 Anya Meredith 5 kills
Carlmont def. Wilcox 25-17, 25-9 Alexis Morrow 9 kills
Carlmont def. Hillsdale 25-18, 25-9 Alexis Morrow 10 kills
Carlmont def. Mountain View 25-20, 25-11 Alexis Morrow 9 kills