LARKSPUR -- For the fourth time in five years, the Redwood High girls volleyball team found itself in the North Coast Section Division-II title game. Just as they did in 2011, the Giants swept their way to the pennant.
Redwood, the No. 1 overall seed, took out third-seeded Carondelet at home Saturday night 28-26, 25-13, 25-21.
"I'm so happy for them," Giants coach Katie Pease said of her players. "To see it all come together at the end of the year, with the way the fought and battled back, I'm so happy."
Carondelet had fought its way past No. 2 Maria Carrillo to get to the title game, and the Cougars came out swinging early, taking a 21-14 lead in the first set.
Then Sophie DiGrazia, who finished with 10 kills and 11 digs, and her Redwood teammates flipped the proverbial switch and stormed back to a 24-24 tie before taking the first game 28-26.
"(Trailing game one) was stressful, but I knew we could pull it off," DiGrazia said. "I knew we were good enough to pull it out, and it was such a confidence booster going into the second (set)."
The Giants (40-4) rode the momentum from the comeback in game one to dominate the Cougars 25-13, much to the delight of the large crowd that was on hand.
"That's the best I've seen Sophie play in the four years she's been on varsity," Pease said. "She really stepped up tonight, she was the big difference."
DiGrazia did not do it alone. Bailey Osborn had 10 kills and 13 digs, Sierra Dawson tallied 33 assists, and Elly Lundberg chipped in seven kills and a team-high four blocks.
The Cougars certainly had no reason to hang their heads as they battled hard to make the championship game.
"I love my team," coach Jerry Mix said. "We came into this season with the goal of getting into the NCS finals, we knew tonight would be hard against Redwood but we never gave up against a great team."