November 22, 2017

Volleyball continues 71 game win streak

Senior Sunny Villapando looks to receive a ball during a beach volleyball match. Villapando has committed to play collegiate beach volleyball at the University of Stanford next season.

Tommy Waller

Staff Writer

Mira Costa girls beach volleyball may soon be considered a Dynasty as it continues its 71 game win streak.

This season, the team won their fifth consecutive title with a 2-0 victory over Pacific Palisades High School at Ocean Park in Santa Monica. Junior Kelli Barry has been part of the team that has won 71 games in a row.

“I think that it is amazing how we are representing Mira Costa,” Barry said. “It is crazy that we haven’t lost in 71 games and we will be looking to keep this streak going as long as we possibly can.”

Link: Barry Player Profile

The seniors from Mira Costa that have committed to play collegiate beach volleyball at the Division 1 level are Alexia Inman and Maddie Micheletti for the University of California Berkley, Sunny Villapando for Stanford University, and Rio Frohoff for Tulane University. Coach Eric Fonoimoana thinks it has been an honor to work with these players.

“I’m excited to prepare them to play in college,” Fonoimoana said. “Hopefully they will be able to make an impact immediately for their teams.”

During this season, Mira Costa went undefeated in Bay League. The girls also faced tough challenges from Sierra Canyon, Laguna Beach, and Notre Dame, but were able to win all of their matchups.

Photos: Mira Costa girls Beach Volleyball team

“We played some very difficult opponents this year and yet we still managed not to lose a game,” Barry said. “I think this reflects the attitude that we show up to every game with, as we are always looking to win.”

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Mira Costa became the first state champion in the sport as they beat Pacific Palisades 2-0 in the Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League Finals held at Metro Beach center in Chatsworth last Saturday.

Link: Costa wins state championship

“It is truly amazing that we came out and won the state championship,” Barry said. “We have held a great attitude all season and i think it was reflective of all that we won.”

Fonoimoana has never lost in his five year tenure as Mira Costa girls beach volleyball head coach. Fonoimoana believes this is due to the talent of the girls he has been able to coach here at Mira Costa.

With my knowledge and experience the girls learn how to compete and they put themselves in the position to win” Fonoimoana said. “We have a lot of talent but they are working hard to get better.”

 

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