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Volleyball competes post season

Volleyball competes post season

Never say never when it comes to the girls varsity volleyball team at Scripps Ranch High School.

The Lady Falcons have been persistent fighters in the regular season and the post-season, scratching and scrapping for a CIF playoff berth and contending in state championship competition in spite of breaking even with a 4-4 record in league play.

The team, coached by Scripps Ranch High School alumna and prep volleyball champion Roni Greenwood, gained strength and confidence as the season progressed, winning in the first round of the Division 1 CIF playoffs against Poway High School on Oct. 30, then beating Canyon Crest Academy in the quarter finals on Nov. 1.

Although Scripps Ranch lost to Santa Fe Christian in the CIF semi-finals on Nov. 6, they still earned
a statewide playoff bid.

The Lady Falcons would still be vying for a state championship run if they beat Temecula’s Linfield Christian High School girls volleyball team on their home floor Nov. 12. Linfield Christian was 25-3 for the season. Unfortunately, Scripps Ranch lost the close State Playoff match to Linfield Christian 3-2.

“This is probably the most improved team Scripps Ranch has ever had,” Greenwood said. “I’ve never
seen a team, or a group of individuals, improve as much as these girls have.”

That’s a huge compliment coming from a past four-year letter winner, three-year starter and two-
year captain at Scripps Ranch High School who helped her volleyball team win two straight Division II CIF Championships in 2003 and 2004.

As Greenwood noted, the 2019 varsity girls volleyball team is a very young team, with only three returning starters, six sophomores and two freshmen. The squad is deep in experience however, with 13 of its 15 members being veterans of club volleyball.

“We’ve always had very competitive teams here,” Greenwood said. “There are so many talented players continually coming out of Scripps Ranch, and we have about nine alumni from the program playing in college right now, including Long Beach  State, San Jose State and the University of Hawaii.”

The coach added that two seniors on her volleyball team are considering playing at the NCAA level next year.

This season the team was sparked by the outstanding play and impressive attacking skills of sophomore outside hitter Gala Trubint, who leads the team in kills.

“Gala is definitely a very steady force, and very competitive,” Greenwood said.

Rounding out the team’s leadership are team captains junior outside hitter Sabrina Krebs and senior libero Collette Kearns, who their coach said have done “an incredible job bringing our young team together.”

Forging an elite season out of a schedule that placed them just three games above .500 speaks to the extremely high caliber of varsity girls’ volleyball opponents in San Diego County. League opponent Cathedral Catholic High School, for example, was ranked as high as second in the nation by Maxpreps this fall.

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