Orange – Chino Hills Girls Volleyball Coach Joe Schnake has seen his players perform some amazing feats this season. So, while he was impressed by his team’s ability to fight off four set points in the CIF State Division III Championship match, Schnake was not surprised at all.
Chino Hills advanced to the fourth set on Saturday afternoon, but the Huskies rallied to win the final six points of the match and beat Carondelet 25–15, 25–22, 26–24 and the first state of the program in the match played. Captured the championship. at Santiago Canyon College.
“There have been times this season when we were down 24-17 or 24-18 and fought back to win those games,” Schnack said. “The match against Otte Ranch, we had to battle back (down two sets) and we had to come back in a few section games.
“I am very proud to be such a resilient player. No matter what the score, they are never going to give up.”
Chino Hills season was full of twists and turns, but things came together in the end.
“We went through a very tough loss… but I think it made us stronger as a team,” said senior out-hitter Tehya Chadwick, who ended the match with 16 kills. “It made us hungry and wanted to win even more.”
Chino Hills (23–14) was never behind in the first set, despite Carondelet recording six blocks in the game. Chadwick and Malena Thee recorded four kills during the first set to give the Huskies an early advantage. Thae and Taryn Saunders combined for a block to set the point off Chino Hills, and setter Erin Lim closed things with an ace.
The second set saw 14 ties and eight lead changes. Avery Ehrlich had a hot hand with five kills on six swings for the Carondelet (26-13). Chino Hills continued to rely heavily on Chadwick and Thee for the offense, and the two recorded six kills each during the second set. The Huskies trailed 20–19, but regained the lead after losing four consecutive points. Killed three times and teamed up with Saunders for a big block to spark that race. Thae and Chadwick later delivered back-to-back kills to end the second set.
Chino Hills took a 13-7 lead in the third set, but Carondlett did the trick and eventually went 19-18 ahead after two straight aces by Naomi Sevold. Freshman middle blocker Bella Ehrlich is battling a shoulder injury, but she bounced back in the third set to provide the Cougars with a much-needed spark with three big kills and three block assists.
Carondelet reached the set point at 24–20, but could not score that winning point to advance the match. Saunders had three block assists during the last 6–0 run by the Huskies.
“I kind of knew this was going to be my last time as a senior,” said Saunders, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker. “I just wanted to put my everything in there and not regret anything.”
It ended with 14 kills, and senior libero Paige Gutowski led the defense with 13 digs.