By Ryan Kuhn
University High School proved that home-court advantage was not needed to win its first Bay Counties League West title since 2008.
After both University and second place Marin Academy won on their respective home courts in the regular season, the Red Devils took their third meeting at Kezar Pavilion on Saturday night, 25-21, 25-16, 25-13.
“The girls were definitely fired up,” said University head coach Nicole Schott. “This win shows that the girls really wanted to come out and play well for themselves.”
After Marin Academy (22-7) took a 16-15 lead in the first game, Schott took a time out to halt the Wildcats’ momentum and the Red Devils (22-9) responded, finishing on a 10-3 run, with senior Katherine Evers scoring the last five points.
“Being my senior year, I really wanted this league banner,” said Evers, who finished the match with 11 kills. “I was a little nervous in the beginning, but I think our team got into a flow and got it under control.”
With the momentum from the first game, the Red Devils kept the pressure on Marin Academy and started the second game on a 11-2 run.
The University pressure continued in the third game, as the Red Devils jumped out to a 14-5 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“I wasn’t going to celebrate until we got to point 25,” Evers said. “We have been in situations where we have won the first two games and lost the third, so I wasn’t ready to let up or stop giving my all until we got to point 25.”
Next up for University is the North Coast Section Division V playoffs, where they lost to Branson in the finals last season.
“We just have to take one match at a time,” Schott said. “Every time they step onto the court, I want make sure that they get better whether it is in a match or in practice. I want them to push themselves.”