Girls Volleyball: St. Ignatius rolls in CCS playoff win over Hillsdale

By Ryan Kuhn

St. Ignatius had no trouble winning their Central Coast Section quarterfinal match on Thursday, sweeping visiting Hillsdale High School of San Mateo 25-17, 25-11, 25-14.

The third-seeded Wildcats (25-11) lead wire-to-wire in all three games and will advance to face second-seeded Aptos in the Division III semifinals next week.

With some players finally back from injuries suffered earlier in the season, St. Ignatius head coach Michelle Rybka took advantage of the opportunity to try some new things.

“It was a good opportunity to see some new combinations and try some new plays,” Rybka said. “It was a big stepping stone for us.”

Catherine Dumont and Madelyn Welsh, who have been sidelined for about a month, both were able to play in the third game. Welsh finished with four kills and Dumont scored an ace.

Senior outside hitter Claire Healy was the main target for the St. Ignatius offense and led the Wildcats with a match-high 11 kills.

“Claire is an outstanding athlete and I think that tonight really highlighted that,” Rybka said. “I gave her the opportunity to really take full advantage of the technical skill and the power she has.”

The St. Ignatius defense was also strong on Thursday, holding Hillsdale (19-10) to only 15 total kills in the match.

“We have definitely come into our own,” Healy said. “We have to take charge and take control of the game. We can’t let other teams take advantage.”

The defending CCS champions will now have to venture down to neutral site Valley Christian of San Jose for the semifinals and will look too carry the momentum gained in the quarterfinals.

“I think for us, it is about peaking and building momentum,” Rybka said. “We are definitely headed in the right direction and [in] every game [we want to get stronger] than the last.”

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    don’t worry SHC will take care of them as always!!

    • WildcatRoar says:

      Yeah, just like the Irish did last year in the CCS playoffs? SI is the defending CCS Champions, dude.

      • Ari Gold says:

        yah DUDE, you sound like SH football guy. All giddy with the one win over SI in football.

        SH women’s vball has pounded SI year after year and have won CCS in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, and 2004.

        From 2004-2009, SH has either eliminated SI in the semifinals in CCS or beat them in the championship game. Thats 6 straight years of OWNAGE. Lets not forget all the regular season wins too. Enjoy your ONE CCS title from 2010.

        I expect more from SI guy than to beat your chest over ONE measly CCS win. You dont hear me yapping away because SH beat SI FINALLY in football.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hey dude SI lost all their matches with SHC
        This year so SI VB is not their year this year besides
        They have to get by Valley Christian before
        Meeting in the finals assuming SHC wins it’s
        Semifinal game. Dude what do you think of
        SHC girls BB, SHC won CCS the last five of
        Six years and SI always the runner up dude!

  2. Paul B. says:

    I wonder why there was no photographer @ SI last night?

  3. Rosebud says:

    You made an error in the scoring. St. Ignatius won in three and here are the correct scores: 25-10,
    25-11, 25-14

  4. Anonymous says:

    This year’s SIVB team has more talent and potential than SH’s. They are going to peak in these playoff games with their entire squad back on the floor. So SH…come ready to play ball… ‘Nuff said.

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