CUPERTINO -- Homestead is a team on a roll. Yet another instance of evidence was left at the Homestead gym Tuesday where the Mustangs had little difficulty in dispatching North Coast Section runner-up Heritage 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 in the CIF Northern Regional Division I quarterfinals.

"We took care of business," Homestead coach Gary Carroll said. "We're rolling."

The Mustangs didn't really get it going early in the season, but they have made up for it down the stretch, catching fire to come from behind and win the SCVAL De Anza Division title, then romping through the Central Coast Section playoffs to win the Division I crown. The win over Heritage was the team's 17th in a row.

"Our team unity is just so good. We genuinely love playing together," said senior outside hitter Morgan Robinson, who had 13 kills and nine digs. "Our goal at the start of the season was to win CCS. Since we've already done that we hope to go down to Southern California and hopefully win state."

She won't get any argument from Heritage.

"They are some amazing hitters,'' Heritage coach Janet Hannigan said.

The No. 3 seed Mustangs will play at No. 2 St. Francis of Sacramento, a 3-0 winner over Lowell, on Saturday in the NorCal semifinals.

Homestead defeated league rival Palo Alto for the CCS Division I championship. The No. 5 Vikings also advanced Tuesday with a five-set victory at No. 4 San Ramon Valley. Palo Alto will play at No. 1 seed Granite Bay (42-0) on Saturday.


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The last lead Heritage had in each of the first sets was at 2-1. The Patriots had an 11-9 lead in the third set before Homestead took charge.

Homestead (27-7) used its height to great advantage at the net, both offensively and defensively. Carroll rotated five players, all between 5-foot-11 and 6-1, at his four hitting spots.

Brileigh Boyce led Heritage (30-10) with 13 kills.

"You've got to give it to that Boyce kid,'' Carroll said. "She plays a lot bigger than she looks.''

Colleen Hannigan had eight digs, Heather Reed 23 assists.

"Our goal was to make it to the North Coast finals, and we did,'' coach Hannigan said. "To make it here is really great. Hopefully next year we'll benefit from this experience.''