Saugus girls volleyball sweeps its way to CIF-SS title over Campbell Hall

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SANTA CLARITA — The Saugus girls volleyball team set grand aspirations for itself at the start of the season – to win a CIF Southern Section title.

After running through the competition during the regular season, losing just two matches along the way, the Centurions secured the top seed in the Division 4 bracket.

The playoffs mirrored the regular season, with Saugus cruising through its first three matches without dropping a set, setting up a date with Campbell Hall for the Division 4 championship.

In the finale Saturday night, it was rinse and repeat for the Centurions, who defeated the Vikings in straight sets, 25-18, 25-9, 25-19 to secure the title.

Saugus completes the sweep over Campbell Hall, 25-18, 25-9, 25-19

The Centurions are the CIF SS Division 4 champions @Tarek_Fattal pic.twitter.com/jIjgRX8y0E

— Dan Lovi (@LoviSports) November 6, 2022

“This was the goal. It’s a very lofty goal to have, to start the season and say you want to win CIF, but that’s what they wanted to do,” Saugus head coach Zachary Ambrose said. “They had the talent to do it, worked hard, put it together and stayed relatively injury free. We only dropped a couple of games and everytime we played someone tough, we stepped up our game even more.”

After a tight opening set, Saugus picked up momentum in the second set, winning the first six points on its way to a 25-9 win.

Senior setter Milani Lee had three aces in the second set, finishing with four total on 24 service attempts. She led the team with 31 assists.

Knowing the Vikings would come out and give it their all in the third set to try and extend the match, the Centurions withstood a early barrage and evened the score at 10-10, not giving up the lead the rest of the way.

“We have a tendency to not do as well in the third game which happened there, we were neck and neck,” Lee said. “We knew we had to come out with even more energy than the previous sets.”

“We knew they were going to come back out strong in the third so we had to just keep doing our job,” sophomore libero Gabriella Cascione said. “They came back extremely strong, we had to adjust our defense and our offense but overall we pushed through.”

Junior opposite hitter Taylor Treahy led the Centurions with 16 kills and two block assists. Senior middle blocker Shelby Scott logged nine kills, five block assists and one solo block.

By reaching the final, both Campbell Hall and Saugus advanced to the CIF State tournament. The Centurions, who lost in the second round of the Division III State Championships last year, are certainly looking forward to redemption.

“We just need to be ready to play good teams,” Cascione said. “I’m just excited to play even better teams and continue going forward.”