The Golden Bears Defeated Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd in 4 Sets to Become the First Girls Team from Riverside County to Win the State Championship
The CIF State Division 1 Girls Volleyball Championship was played on neutral turf at Santiago Canyon College in Orange on Friday night. Temecula Valley lost the first set of the finals 23-25, but the Golden Bears bounced back to defeat Bishop O’Dowd from Oakland 25-23, 28-26, 25-22 to win the CIF State Division 1 Championship.
The 2018 Temecula Valley Golden Bears are now part of history. State Champions. Even sweeter, the Golden Bears are the first and only team from Riverside County to capture a CIF State Championship in Girls Volleyball.
The Golden Bears were led by senior outside hitter Carly Shreenan who had 16 kills and 21 digs. Senior libero Jasmine West shined for Temecula, coming up with 22 digs and served three aces. Senior setter Jordyn Amoy orchestrated the Golden Bear attack with 45 assist and 20 digs.
Junior outside hitter Hailey Hinkel added 12 kills and 10 digs for the Golden Bears. Makenzie Nutting had eight kills and the senior had four blocks. Senior Mackenzie Krauss-Stewart had three kills and six blocks while another senior, Gracie Halley served up two aces for Temecula.
“I’m super proud of the way this group fought all the way through. We always talk about Team first and this group has really applied that term and that’s how we made it this far” said Temecula Valley Head Coach Roberto Rodriguez . “They got along so well, great chemistry, they played for each other and that was the biggest thing for us”.
The way the team followed our system with discipline and with attitude, we were able to hang and even beat teams by playing defense, keeping the ball in play and being patient for when the opportunity to be aggressive came. It was really a collective effort and that’s why it feels so good. Everyone contributed at all times, servers, passers, blockers, girls in the bench were huge part of pur energy, they never gave up cheering their team mates up”.
This has been a memorable and remarkable season for the Golden Bears. After being edged out for the Southwestern league Championship by Vista Murrieta, the number one seeded Golden Bears played in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs. After winning in the first round, Temecula was eliminated by Sierra Canyon.
On to the the CIF State finals. A very determined Golden Bears team reset it’s sights for the State Championship.
Temecula cruised through their first three opponents, sweeping Canyon Crest Academy, Notre Dame and Bishop’s in straight sets.
After winning 9 straight sets, the Golden Bears took five sets to beat Foothill High in the CIF Southern California Regional Championship. Temecula Valley would lock horns with Bishop O’Dowd, the Northern California Regional Champions from Oakland last night to bring home the State Crown.
“I’m so grateful for a great year and a great group of kids, parents, coaches, administration” added Coach Rodriguez.
Temecula Valley 23 25 28 25 3
Bishop O’Dowd 25 23 26 22 1
Photos by Donna Amoy