On Friday and Saturday, Maranatha girls volleyball participated in one of the county's most prestigious volleyball tournaments, the September Classic. Long known for showcasing some of the toughest D1 and D2 schools, Maranatha entered as the smallest school with the least number of players on the team (Eagles have a roster of 10 compared to 16 or more at other schools) at an average height shorter than everyone else. What they were not lacking, however, was heart.
Friday night, they were undefeated including an upset over Scripps Ranch HS, a D1/open level team. This put them in the gold bracket. Saturday morning, there was a play-in match to get to the top 8 and play Santa Fe Christian. They owned the match from the beginning, putting up a 20-9 lead at one point. In the semifinal, they defeated East County powerhouse El Capitan, also in 2 straight sets.
Heading into the final, the Eagles had not dropped a single set. They had also had to play more matches than anyone else due to the play-in (7 matches in 2 days)! Facing La Jolla HS, they fought for every point. The first set was taken by La Jolla, but the Eagles rallied back. It looked like the match might be pushed to a third, but La Jolla snuck back in for a 25-23 victory.
It was an incredible weekend of volleyball against formidable opponents. After taking 2nd place among the giants, it is undoubtedly clear that Maranatha is a formidable opponenet in their own right.