Entering a CIF Southern Section playoff match without long-time, highly successful Head Coach Pam Kenyon at the helm, the Lady Broncos nonetheless polished off the visiting Upland Christian Eagles, 3-0 on Tuesday night, Nov. 12, at home.
Coached by junior varsity mentor Cassie Page, the Lady Broncos defeated the Eagles 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, thanks to strong defense and outstanding play by Itzel Saavedra (seven kills) and Cristina Plasencia (eight digs).
The Lady Broncos (playing in CIF Division 5AA) were awarded a playoff opportunity based on their 8-2, second place final standing in the Coast Valley League. Coastal Christian placed first in the league with a record of 11-1; their only loss (1-3) came at the hands of Coast Union on Oct. 15.
The Eagles — 13-12 on the season and 7-5 in the Arrowhead League — had a four and a half hour, 270-mile trip from Rancho Cucamonga to play the Lady Broncos. Coast Union plays at Santa Clarita Christian today, Nov. 14, in round two of the playoffs.
Kenyon, who has coached volleyball at Coast Union for more than 20 years — and teaches science and PE — is ill and unable to resume coaching duties at this time.