The Coast Union High girls volleyball team was foiled in every long rally during Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5A semifinal, falling to Firebaugh of Lynwood 25-20, 25-20, 25-21.
“They just wouldn’t let the ball hit the ground,” Broncos coach Pam Kenyon said of Firebaugh’s defense. “We had some of the longest rallies of the season during the match. It just went on and on all night.”
Coast Union (18-5), seeded No. 1 overall in the bracket, saw its first season back in the Southern Section come to a disappointing end against a feisty Firebaugh team that faced a match point against Shandon earlier in the playoffs.
“We talked to Shandon about them,” Kenyon said. “We knew they were going to be a team that wouldn’t quit.”
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Katelyn Lorenz led Coast Union with eight kills, while Karla Soto had five and Nicky Ortiz had four with three aces.
Setter Sophie Flemion dished out 21 assists and had four aces.
The Broncos swept through the Coast Valley League, winning all 12 matches in their first year back in a league after playing the last several seasons as a Central Section freelancer.
“When we weren’t in a league, I was OK with it,” Kenyon said. “But once we were back in the league, it felt great to be there and have the league standings, and all-league players again.”
The Broncos graduate four seniors, but Kenyon said she is excited about the core of sophomores and juniors who will return.“The future is going to be good,” Kenyon said.
Garcia steps down
Next year, Coast Union will have its third head football coach in as many seasons. First-year Broncos coach Ron Garcia has resigned from the position.
Coast Union went 3-7 this season, competing at the 11-man level with a roster comprised of about 15 players.
The Broncos were, however, able to field a junior varsity team after being unable to do so in 2009.
The school has hoped that in coming years, the existence of the JV team will help facilitate higher turnout and participation at the varsity level.
Garcia had taken over for David Clements, who went 3-17 from 2008 to 2009, with a total four-year record of 16-26.