CARMEL VALLEY— Madison Endsley didn’t wait long to make her impact on the game in Wednesday’s Open Division semi-final. The senior, who’s committed to Washington, delivered kill after kill leaving La Costa Canyon without much hope.
Cathedral Catholic, who’s hovered among the top teams nationally all season jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the 1st set on their way to winning it 25-18.
La Costa Canyon picked up their play in the 2nd set led by senior Sophia Tulino, who will play next year at Santa Clara. The Mavericks finished off the set winning 25-20 to even up the match.
Cathedral Catholic got back to their earlier ways in the 3rd set grabbing a 16-10 lead to force a La Costa Canyon timeout. The Dons kept on powering after the timeout winning nine of the next thirteen points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Endsley continued her dominant serving and hitting in the 5th set as Cathedral jumped out to a 5-0 lead forcing a Mavericks timeout. Cathedral kept up their play extending the lead to 17-4 forcing another Mavericks timeout. The Dons were able to cruise from that point on to a 25-10 in the 4th set to grab the match, 3-1.
2nd seeded Cathedral Catholic moved to 30-4 on the season with the win and now advances to Saturday’s CIF Open Division Championship against top-ranked Torrey Pines (35-2). The Falcons swept Bishop’s tonight to force a rematch from last season’s Open Division Championship when the Falcons took down Cathedral Catholic, 3-1.
The Championship will be played at Cathedral Catholic HS on Saturday night at 6:15pm.