PaliHi Girls Volleyball Reaches City Finals
In an upset, the Palisades High girls volleyball team defeated top-seeded Granada Hills on October 30 at Granada Hills to reach the City Section playoff finals in the Open Division.
The fourth-seeded Dolphins lost the first two games, 25-21 and 25-22, but then swept the final three games, 25-15, 28-26 and 17-15. They will play third-seed Taft for the championship on November 3. Taft upset second-seeded Carson in three games to advance.
After Tuesday night’s victory, Pali Head Coach Carlos Grey said via Twitter, “I’m proud of my girls. We were down two sets to one, and 23-15 in game 4, only to fight back and win game five 17-15! Crazy!”
Connor Morrissette tweeted, “That was the best volleyball game I’ve been to. Highs, lows, great action and redemption all packed into one match.”
Last year, Granada Hills upset Palisades, which was seeded first, in a City final that lasted almost two hours and went five games.
This year Palisades has a relatively young team, with only four seniors on the 14-member roster.
The Dolphins are 38-9 overall and were 12-0 in the Western League. (Venice was second in league with a 10-2 record). Taft is 42-7 overall and was 8-2 in its league. The two teams played on September 8 in a tournament, with Taft prevailing 2-1 in .
Palisades is ranked 175 in California, while Taft is ranked 104. Their championship showdown will be held at Birmingham High School at 7 p.m. on November 3.