SAN JOSE -- Archbishop Mitty started slowly in its Central Coast Section Division II girls volleyball final Saturday, but once it got rolling, the outcome wasn't in doubt.

With Clare Powers and Heather Lowell combining for 30 kills and Kelsey Crawford contributing 48 assists, the top-seeded Monarchs kept their undefeated season intact with a 22-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17 victory over Los Gatos at Independence High.

It was the Mitty's 18th section title in 22 years.

Riana Brennan led Los Gatos with 26 kills.

Though Los Gatos had its moments, it simply didn't have enough firepower to keep pace with powerful Mitty (34-0), ranked second in the state and fifth nationally by MaxPreps.

"We started off a little bit shaky," said Mitty's Anne Marie Schmidt, who had 30 digs. "But our whole season we've always stayed really steady. If we lose a game, nobody gets frazzled."

Mitty quickly bounced back after its opening-game loss and then heated up even more after Los Gatos (23-7) took a 10-8 lead in the third game.

The Monarchs scored nine of the next 10 points to take charge of the game and the match.

"They're just a good team," Los Gatos coach Joe Ripp said. "They were a little bit off their game in the first set, but a lot of it was us just playing really good defense. But they settled down, and we were outmatched, plain and simple."

Both teams will continue their season in the Northern California playoffs next week. The pairings will be announced Sunday.


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Division I

After advancing to the final only to lose the last three years, Menlo-Atherton put all its frustrations behind with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 sweep of Homestead for the CCS Division I title.

"It feels awesome, I'm so happy," senior Ali Spindt said. "We all worked so hard after coming up short."

No. 4 seed Homestead had a 10-5 lead in the first game disappear and never seemed to get back in the kind of flow that characterized its win over No. 1 Palo Alto in the semifinals.

"I think there was a tremendous letdown," Homestead coach Gary Carroll said.

The Bears had their two key hitters, Spindt and Pauli King, who were out with injuries at the start of the season. Spindt, who will play at UC Santa Barbara next year, looked much more free with her movement Saturday compared to Wednesday in the semifinals.

"She's getting healthier, getting more comfortable," M-A coach Ron Whitmill said. "Friday was the first time all season we had 12 people practicing."

Division III

Valley Christian had not won a section title in more than a quarter century, so naturally the top-seeded Warriors were determined when they faced Sacred Heart Cathedral in the final.

That determination helped propel Valley Christian to a 25-22, 25-16, 25-17 victory, the Warriors' third this season in as many matches against Sacred Heart Cathedral, Division III's second seed.

Ronika Stone led Valley Christian with 11 kills and five aces, but the way co-captain Maddie Dilfer saw it, the win was a team effort.

"This is what we've been working for all season," Dilfer said.

Division IV

No. 2 seed Sacred Heart Prep beat No. 1 Harbor 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23 to win its third CCS Division IV title in the last four years.

Victoria Garrick led the Gators with 15 kills, and Payton Smith had 14 kills, eight blocks and three aces.

"We won the game on defense," SHP coach Damien Hardy said.

Division V

Woodside Priory saved two game points late in Game 3 and carried the momentum to a CCS title, defeating Notre Dame-Salinas 23-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-17. Marine Hall Poirier led Priory with 20 kills.