Mary Star Girls Volleyball Makes Bold Statement At Bishop Amat

LA PUENTE - Just another bold statement. 

Coming into this Camino Real League first place showdown at Bishop Amat of La Puente, Mary Star High girls volleyball knew their incredible start to the 2019 season would be all for naught if they couldn't take down the Lancers in their first of two meetings on Tuesday, especially with early claim to owning first place on the line.

This was a match the Stars wanted to win the most during the regular season because they knew if they did, it would be very tough to come back from in the case of the defending league champions. It was all or nothing it seemed for Mary Star, and they got it all in the form of a 15-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-11 victory that increased their indescribable beginning where they have now won 26 out of their first 29 matches.

Early on, it looked like Bishop Amat (5-6, 3-1) would continue their league dominance as they took advantage of a shaky start by Mary Star (26-3, 4-0) for the opening set victory, and they carried on that momentum to a 12-7 lead to open off the second set, but the Stars' guts and true grit would come out, and slowly but surely, the Lancers would feel the effects.

Storming back to tie the match at 16-16, a sudden ace down the right corner line by senior outside hitter Marina Erosa would force Bishop Amat to call timeout, and put Mary Star ahead to stay for the remainder of the set, which talented junior outside hitter would emphatically close with three kills in the last four rallies.

Once again, the Lancers regrouped and took a 20-13 lead in the third set, yet the Stars never wavered and once the score was 20-16, a killer block at the net by Mary Star junior outside hitter Mya Johnson, a Carson transfer, would shift the momentum dramatically, and once again it was Sabra who would seize control with two straight service aces to knot the score at 20-all. Two attack errors would put the Stars in front, but the Lancers would tie it at 23. Another attack error followed by a tip kill from Sabra would give the Stars the important two victories to one edge.

Mary Star's resourcefulness would give way to Bishop Amat carelessness in the early stages of the fourth set, as Sabra bewildered the Lancers with two more aces, staking the Stars to an early 7-2 lead. Senior back row specialist Mia Scognamillo would then blast a perfect ace to jump start another scoring burst, which had Mary Star leading comfortably at 16-6. During that surge, the Lancers committed three attack errors in a row, plus a double contact violation.

Erosa and sophomore middle blocker Marlena Rivera each added an ace in the latter stages of the decisive fourth set, and the Lancers wouldn't get any closer than 18-9 the rest of the way.

A final ace from Erosa would put the exclamation point on what is no doubt the biggest victory for Mary Star thus far, adding on to winning the Artesia Tournament in early September, along with stellar nonleague wins over Rolling Hills Prep, St. Genevieve, Whitney and of course, defending CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division 1 champion San Pedro.

Sabra was unrelenting for Mary Star when it mattered most, as she finished with a team-high 13 kills, 14 digs and five aces. Erosa was amazing as well, with eight kills, 13 digs, 3 aces and two blocks. Arizona verbal commit Serena Ramirez finished with 11 kills, 8 digs and an ace, Johnson had three kills and that pivotal third set block, plus Rivera ended up with six kills and two blocks.

Not to be left out was outstanding play from the likes of senior back row specialists Scognamillo, Sierra Salas and libero Julia Magrini, as their stellar plays kept rallies alive, as were the combined efforts of sophomore setter Ashley Reyes (a critical dump down kill to set up set point in the third set), and junior setter Lily Ruggiero.

This truly was a team win for the Stars, who will host Bishop Amat in the rematch where the league title will likely be at stake on October 15.

Views: 171


You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the

The is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity

Mistah Wilson updated their profile
Jun 25
Mistah Wilson posted a blog post

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue130 feat. "Rights" by Dominance Tha MC

Hip Hop Artist Seven Da Pantha breaks down his Latest EP "K4G 1.5" w/ Mistah Wilson + Why Every Musician Should Use Bandcamp + Figg Newton: The Hardest Blood Rapper Out Right Now + Ajane + Ralph Rabago + Fikayo Aderoju + Dylan Spangler + Davon Michel + Salah Amrani + Éleven Khade + Leonne Brito + much more...See More
Jun 25

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street's 4 blog posts were featured
Jun 25
Eddie North-Hager's blog post was featured

Fireworks in San Pedro and Los Angeles

Despite the fact that fireworks are banned in Los Angeles and many of its sister cities, they really know how to do the Fourth of July right. My wife loves firework displays. In LA alone, we've seen fireworks from the Colorado St. bridge in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl show and from the deck of a home in the Palos Verdes hills watching the panorama from Carson's Home Depot to San Pedro's Queen Mary. We watched the Culver City show with neighbors from a bridge over Ballona Creek. Nothing beats…See More
Jun 25
Sheena Tahilramani is now a member of San Pedro News Pilot
Jun 25
Mistah Wilson promoted Mistah Wilson's blog post Figg Newton "The Hardest Blood Rapper Out Right Now"
Jun 16
Mistah Wilson posted a blog post

Figg Newton "The Hardest Blood Rapper Out Right Now"

And now, Figg Newton. Coming from one of tha most legendary Blood sets in Los Angeles. Now, first off, let me say for tha record that I have never personally met Figg Newton yet so I have no reason to sugarcoat anything in this article. He's a rapper I've heard people talk about sporadically…See More
Jun 16
Mistah Wilson posted a blog post

Q&A: Hip Hop Artist Seven Da Pantha breaks down his Latest EP "K4G 1.5" w/ Mistah Wilson

Seven Da Pantha, an emcee at heart, has been as persistent as anyone in tha field of recording & performing music. With his recent release of K4G 1.5, we caught up wit' Seven to discuss tha inspiration behind this effort. Seven Da Pantha is already sending a message by way of him being tha only lyricist on tha project. I appreciate tha fact that I don't…See More
Jun 14

© 2020   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service