Keira Brady leapt for a spike, the ball hit the hardwood, and head coach CJ Suarez felt his legs give out.
There are few extra energetic ladies’ volleyball coaches in Southern California than Suarez, who gave his all to the West Hills Chaminade ladies staff for a ultimate time this season Saturday night time. He pumped his fist after a second-set ace. He yelled, gutturally, after massive factors, elevating his Gatorade cup to the Chaminade crowd earlier than a match-deciding fourth set.
So when Brady’s ultimate spike clinched Chaminade’s Division II state ultimate win towards Fresno Clovis North, Suarez gave one ultimate two-handed fist pump — then crumpled to the ground as his assistants dropped to hug him.
“It’s just like, I can’t — all of the weight came off and I’m able to move freely a little bit more, season’s done,” Suarez stated of falling to the ground. “It’s just crazy.”
An emotional 12 months for Chaminade was capped with a Division II state championship Saturday night time, as Chaminade used a third-set turnaround to beat Clovis North 3-1 (25-19, 13-22, 25-19, 25-22). Junior Brady completed with 21 kills, whereas senior captain Danit Cohen — who acquired the largest cheer postgame — set her up usually with 41 assists.
After a dominant opening set, Chaminade stumbled within the second, Clovis North blocking and digging any Eagle assault. However after falling behind 7-4 within the third set, Chaminade started stringing collectively factors, and vitality within the stands started constructing as Suarez raised his hand with every kill.
“Just, ‘Oh, there’s Chaminade, finally’ … it takes a streak of a moment,” Suarez stated postgame.
A decade in the past, Suarez was a senior at Verdugo Hills, readying for a Metropolis Part Division 2 championship towards Jordan Excessive. The Dons misplaced in three units, and the defeat has caught with the Chaminade coach. He went to varsity, attempting to determine his life, undecided if he’d discover his method again to a highschool championship.
The win Saturday was a bit of private redemption for Suarez. An indescribable feeling, as he put it. And that’s the reason he fell.
Buckley loses, however proves it’s a program on the rise
On Saturday morning, Tina Wolfson went to Get together Metropolis and acquired six pink wigs.
Later, in preparation for Sherman Oaks Buckley’s CIF Division 3 state championship match at Santiago Canyon School, she handed them out to a crowd of Buckley supporters. Some have been curly. Some, resembling Wolfson’s and her grandmother’s, have been stringy. They usually stood out comically amid a sea of Buckley pink shirts and pom-poms within the bleachers, supporting their tiny non-public faculty of 830 college students nestled in Sherman Oaks.
“There’s a feeling that history is being made … for us to come this far, it elevates our school,” Wolfson stated, she and her grandmother smiling within the stands.
They didn’t end a dream season, as San Anselmo Williams gained 3-1 (16-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23) in late units to assert a Division III state title. However even because the elated shouts of the Williams ladies reverberated all through the postgame media room, Buckley first-year coach Otis Glasgow was steadfast, asking his staff to carry the runners-up trophy for a minute.
“No team on Buckley’s campus has this trophy,” stated Glasgow, whose preparation and enthusiasm steered Buckley to a program-best 28-4 season. “No team. No team at all … has this medal.”
Halfway by way of a good second set, the Williams crowd chanted, “Who is Buck-ley!”
It was their purpose this season, Wolfson’s daughter and 6-foot-2 center blocker Sophia Wolfson stated, to place Buckley’s title on the grid of California volleyball. And subsequent season, Glasgow stated, there’s no ceiling for this system.
“Wherever, whatever division you’re in — if you’re playing volleyball, you’re going to know Buckley’s name,” Glasgow stated.