As hard as it is to win a league title, it’s even more challenging to repeat.
Yet, if Lick-Wilmerding’s league-opening 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 victory against Convent of the Sacred Heart in girls’ volleyball is any determinant of how the 2010 season will unfold, then the Bay Counties West League can expect the Tigers to repeat as back-to-back champs.
After Sacred Heart (1-1, 0-1) won a few long rallies to begin the first game, it looked as if the Cubs would challenge Lick throughout the contest.
It was apparent, however, that the Cubs’ success would be short-lived, and the Tigers took over the first game in a hurry.
Led by senior outside hitter Jody Fu, Lick-Wilmerding dominated the ball movement, and soon after captured the first game 25-16.
“This is a very well-rounded team,” said Fu, who finished the match with 13 kills, seven digs and two aces. “We have a threat at every position and once we improve our service game, we will be that much better.”
Lick’s depth was also on display, and after only 20 minutes of play, the Tigers cruised to a 2-0 game lead.
The only drama of the day would occur in the third game, when, after establishing a 21-11 lead, the Tigers surrendered seven of the next eight points.
“We could have done more to take advantage of the opportunities that they gave us in the first two games,” said Convent coach David Moreno.
For the Cubs, the ability to take advantage of another team’s mistakes may prove to be one of their lethal assets this season.
As for Lick-Wilmerding (6-3, 1-0), the short- and long-term future looks solid, with more changes to be made to the team’s attitude rather than their skill.
“We work on pressure drills in practice,” said Lick coach Erwin Chu. “That type of practice should help us stay focused.”
Yet, even with their lack of focus, the Lions have all but proven that last season was no fluke.
Jordan 3, O’Connell 0: Jordan swept over an undermanned O’Connell squad in AAA play at School of the Arts, keeping its undefeated season alive at 3-0. O’Connell played with only nine players for the entirety of the game due to red cards in last week’s game and injuries. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2-2 with the loss. Despite the fast start, Jordan is ineligible for playoffs this year, following a series of eligibility violations last season.
Marshall 3, Galileo 2: Behind two goals from Jose Guevara and one from Ceasar Castanon, Marshall held off Galileo in Academic Athletic Association action. Jose Garcia Moreno and Eduardo Martinez scored for Galileo.
Graham Henderson contributed to this report. Preps sports coverage provided in partnership by The San Francisco Examiner and www.SanFranPreps.com.