Carlmont’s 29-8 mark in 2016 set school records for the most wins and fewest losses in a season in school history. This year’s team re-broke both of those records by going 33-5, and did it against a very difficult schedule (see below). This has been the best two-year stretch (62-13, .827) and three-year stretch (89-23, .795) in school history.
Carlmont played the North representatives in each of the four State Championship matches on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Carlmont had a winning record against all four of those teams. The Scots were 5-1 overall against this year’s State Finalists, and 2-0 against 2017 State Champions.
Carlmont played 16 matches against 2017 CCS semifinalists, winning 15 of them.
Early in the season the Scots played eight consecutive matches against programs that had reached the state final within the last eight years; Carlmont went 7-1 in those matches.
Carlmont started the season at the Milpitas Spikefest tournament, beating both Archbishop Mitty and St. Francis for the first time in school history. At the time, Mitty was ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps, and they went on to win their sixth consecutive California state championship. Carlmont finished third at the 32-team event, its highest finish ever, by going 4-1.
Carlmont won the Mountain View-Los Altos tournament, defeating another 2017 state champion in Presentation, 25-11, 25-16 in the championship match. The Scots also beat CCS runner-up Mountain View in straight sets in the semifinals. That continued a recent run of tournament titles for the Scots, as they won the Westmoor and Cupertino tournaments in 2016, and the Cupertino and Aragon tournaments in 2015.
Carlmont defeated Los Gatos on Nov. 11 to win the CCS D-I championship. Los Gatos was the defending CCS champion, and also the team that ended Carlmont’s season in 2016. It was the third CCS volleyball title in Scots history, and the first in 12 years(2005 & 1975).
Carlmont had never won a NorCals match before winning three consecutive NorCal matches this year. After only one prior NorCals appearance in school history (2005), the Scots have now reached NorCals twice in the last three years.
Carlmont has made nine consecutive CCS appearances, and 16 in the last 17 years.
Carlmont Coach Chris Crader improved to 172-75 (.696) through seven years at Carlmont, and 407-240 (.629) in 19 years as a varsity head coach (28th season overall, including three seasons as a JV coach and six seasons as an assistant at Presentation). He earned his 400th career win with a 3-0 Senior Night sweep of Terra Nova on Oct. 24.
Carlmont graduates five excellent seniors in June: Tai Mei Chang, Heather Chao, Maya McClellan, Sophie Srivastava and Emma Vanoncini. Yet Carlmont returns 14 players who have made varsity appearances this year (including five who played predominantly on the JV team). Carlmont had three sophomores and two freshmen appear in all five sets of the NorCal Final, and had a pair of juniors start the CCS Championship match, so the future remains bright.