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Barons spike their way to CIF final Phillip Brents | Fri, Nov 18 2011 04:35 PM

By and large, South County sports teams have generally not fared well against their North County counterparts. But every decade or so, the Metro Conference produces a juggernaut team that sets the standard for its generation.

Such is the case with this year’s Bonita Vista High School girls volleyball team, which, drum roll, will play for this year’s San Diego Section Division II championship title after sweeping the visiting Westview Wolverines, 3-0, in Wednesday’s division semifinals.

The second-seeded Barons (29-5) will face top-seeded La Costa Canyon (27-8) in Saturday’s division title game at Cathedral Catholic High School. Game time is 4:15 p.m.

According to BVHS coach Woody Taeatafa, it’s been a project in the making for the past two years.

“I give a lot of credit to the seniors,” Taeatafa said. “They are out to prove something, to try to give some respect to the South Bay. They’ve worked hard since they were sophomores. Now, we have a bunch of kids, sophomores to seniors, to keep with their vision.”

The Barons, playing efficiently, made surprisingly easy work of the third-seeded Wolverines (20-10), winning by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-16.

Westview went up early in each game, leading by scores of 3-1 in the first game and 6-4 in each of the latter two games, before the hosts roared back to take commanding leads. Bonita Vista faltered a bit toward the end of each game but had a sizable cushion on which to rely.

Appropriately, senior standout Jenelle Hudson delivered the decisive kill in the third game. She led the Barons with 18 kills in Wednesday’s sweep.

Taeatafa said Saturday’s CIF championship game will be an interesting test for this team, which defeated 15th-seeded Serra, 3-0, in first round playoff action on Nov. 9 and eliminated seventh-seeded Valhalla, 3-1, in the quarterfinals on Nov. 12. Both the Barons and Mavericks have not met this season.

“We played Torrey Pines (a 3-1 loss on Oct. 14) but not La Costa Canyon,” the BVHS coach said. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m really excited. I want to see just where we stand. Teams like Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon and Cathedral Catholic set the standard here. This will give us a chance to see where we are.”

 Meagan Wright had 11 kills and Hudson added 10 more to go with 15 digs by Heather Gearhart in the win over Serra.

Hudson had 22 kills and Wright and Allie Loitz each had 15 kills in the victory against Valhalla. Gearhart had 30 digs while Taimane Napoleon contributed 35 assists.

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