The No. 1 seeded Minarets High School volleyball team (31-4, 10-0 WSL) was swiftly defeated by La Jolla Country Day (24-12, 6-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 3, ending their lengthy run for the D-V Volleyball State Championship.
The Mustangs were beaten in three straight sets 25-12, 25-13, and 25-9 by La Jolla Country Day, in just under one hour, bringing the Mustangs Cinderella story to an end.
Regardless of the outcome the Mustangs were one of the Central Sections most dominate teams throughout the playoffs and were two wins away from capturing the state title in the schools first five years since being established.
Coach Karra Zamora expressed sadness for her players but told Fresno Bee reporters it was a great run and she was proud of her team. According to the Fresno Bee, Zamora knew it would be an uphill battle to defeat such a worthy opponent like La Jolla Country Day who was the only D-V team to play in an open division during their section tournament forcing them to play against the top eight teams in San Diego County regardless of division.
“We knew we had our work cut out,” Zamora said.
However the Mustangs can walk away with heads held high. The team featured wins in the Central Section Championship and finished top four in the state championship tournament. Something that has yet to be accomplished and may never be repeated by the recently established school.
For Coach Zamora it’s back to the drawing board for next year in the hopes of repeated as Central Section champs and taking her team to the state finals. All together it was a bitter sweet year for the Mustangs who accomplished so much yet fell just a bit short.
For the seniors of the group they have college and other opportunities that lie ahead, and for the rest of the team, they will be back next year with more determination than ever.