Hart volleyball lost 3-1 to Cypress in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals on the road on Wednesday. The Indians, who have never made it past the quarterfinals in playoffs, fell by game scores of 25-20, 22-25, 14-25, 19-25. “Tonight wasn’t our best showing and their team was well rounded, a lot of good hitters and consistent and aggressive and we kind of shut down a little too quickly,” said Hart coach Mary Irilian. Hart opened the match with a win in the first game, taking advantage of a Centurions team that came out fairly flat and performing well in serve-receive passing.
“I think we were just surprising them with our type of offense and we were able to have good ball control,” Irilian said. In Game 2, the Indians started slipping. They began the game in a 6-2 hole and faced multiple deficits throughout. Cypress later took a 16-10 lead as Hart picked up some momentum, but the home team prevailed 22-25. “They were blocking us constantly,” said Irilian. “Their blocking was solid and we just started to lose some steam and self-confidence.” Centurion opposite Gwendolyn Russell led the way in the third and fourth games. As Hart began the third game trailing 1-4, Russell spearheaded an offense that powered Cypress to wins in the final two games. “She was putting the balls away, hitting line, hitting angle, hitting through our blocks and you can’t stop her at all,” said Irilian.
Excellent season ladies! Tough loss on the road, but be proud of your league championship season. You represent Hart well. @HartHighVball— Hart High School (@HartHigh) October 25, 2018