After recent Bay League wins on the road over rival Mira Costa and Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula, Redondo High's girls' volleyball team is in good position for its second conecutive league title and a top seed in the upcoming CIF-Southern Section Division IAA playoffs which begins in a few weeks.
In the big showdown last Thursday at Mira Costa, the Sea Hawks recorded an impressive sweep over the traditional power Mustangs, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22, then took four games to down a pesky Panther squad, 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, on Tuesday.
Against Peninsula, which is in third place in Bay action at 2-3 and is 10-7 overall, Redondo (20-5, 5-0) had 12 kills and six digs by Marymount High transfer Yaasmeen Dedard-Ghani and nine kills and five ace serves from Kristen Hamlin.
Sophomore setter Norene Iosia, who was United States National Freshman Player of the Year for the Sea Hawks' CIF-Southern Section Division IAA and Southern California Division runner-up squad from last year, had 46 assists, five kills and four digs, while Briana Lanktree added 13 digs.
The Panthers were led by Lynsey Peterson with 13 kills, 13 digs and five aces, and Lily Privett with 11 digs and three aces.
Although Redondo (ranked No. 2 in the Southern Section Division IAA) swept Mira Costa (fifth in Division IAA), the Mustangs made sure the Sea Hawks worked for it.
The first two games were mostly close but in the third, Redondo led by as many as nine points and were at match point, leading 24-17, before Mira Costa, behind strong hitting by junior outside hitter Skylar Caputo, scored five unanswered points to get within two points and things were nervous for the Sea Hawks.
Dedard-Ghani came to the rescue with a key kill to clinch the match for Redondo to take over first place ahead of the Mustangs in Bay action in their first of two meetings.
The Sea Hawks host Mira Costa on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
Dedard-Ghani led Redondo with 12 kills and two blocks. Hamlin chipped in seven kills. Lanktree contributed six kills and 10 digs. Iosia had 43 assists and two blocks. Abril Bustamonte put up 10 kills, three blocks and three digs.
"We were all nervous," Redondo head coach Tommy Chaffins said. "It was a rivalry. Mira Costa has a rich volleyball history. Our whole team was on fire."
Caputo and Lan Nguyen led the Mustangs (3-1 in league) with eight kills apiece. Katie Rethmeyer tallied seven kills.
Redondo's next match will be at home against Palos Verdes next Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Mustangs, who are second in league, visit Palos Verdes today at 4:15 p.m. and West Torrance next Tuesday at the same time.
Snyder's South Bay Girls' Volleyball Top 10: 1. Redondo; 2. Mira Costa; 3. South Torrance; 4. Culver City; 5. North Torrance; 6. Narbonne; 7. Bishop Montgomery; 8. Peninsula; 9. Chadwick; 10. Carson.