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Thursday a busy night for local volleyball teams in the CCS


For local girls’ volleyball fans, Thursday night shapes up as one of the more interesting evenings of the Central Coast Section tournament. No fewer than four matches feature a local team, all in different divisions and all semifinal action.

Sixth-seeded Gunn earned a home match in Division I after traveling to No. 3 Salinas and winning 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 on Tuesday. The Titans (18-17) host No. 2 Mountain View at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Millie Muir (left) and Elena Radeff.

Elena Campbell
The teams split their SCVAL De Anza Division matches, with the Titans winning in five the first go-around and the Spartans sweeping Gunn the next time.

Seniors Rachel Grant, Odeya Russo and Ana DuBois led the way against Salinas. Grant recorded 18 kills, two blocks and six digs while Russo had 17 kills and 13 digs. DuBois recorded 36 assists and 10 digs. Micaela Leong and Livia Bednarz each produced nine digs.

In Division II, Woodside topped Presentation 25-21, 18-25, 29-27 16-25, 15-11 as senior Elena Campbell had 24 kills and 23 digs. Senior Sarah Strus added 16 kills.

Defense was a key reason for the Wildcats (15-19), who recorded 91 digs as a team. Junior Krista Opp had 19, senior Lena McDonough added 18 and senior Molly Buddie recorded 16 to go with 58 assists.

Woodside plays PAL Bay Division rival Aragon (23-10), which placed second to Menlo-Atherton during the regular season. The Dons won both league matches.

Sacred Heart Prep (22-10), the top seed in Division IV, plays Carmel (19-13) at Notre Dame Belmont at 7:30 p.m. The Padres beat Mercy Burlingame in five sets to advance.

The Gators swept The King’s Academy 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 to reach the semifinals. Elena Radeff recorded 21 kills, seven digs and three aces. Reagan Smith added 10 kills, Millie Muir had 46 assists, 11 digs and five kills.

Castilleja (18-8) reached the semifinals of Division V with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Pacific Collegiate. The Gators meet No. 1 seed Mt. Madonna (15-8) at 7 p.m. in Watsonville.

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