For the fifth year in a row, the Branson School girls volleyball team is on its way to the California Interscholastic Federation Division V state championship game following a 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 sweep of St. Joseph Notre Dame in the CIF Division V Northern Regional final on Tuesday.
In a rematch of the section title game which Branson (35-6) won in four games, it was the Bulls who handled business from the start at the College of Marin, jumping out to a 2-0 lead against St. Joseph Notre Dame.
In both of the first two games Branson held a double-digit lead and finished with a nine-point win.
The third game was a different story, though, as the Pilots (32-10) started to string together points and had a 17-15 lead.
"Playing in a big match like this, you've got to get used to it," St. Joseph Notre Dame coach Edwin Chen said. "You've got to get in a rhythm and we were finally able to get into one in the end there."
For Branson coach Michelle Brazil, this rematch was one she had hoped for.
"We kind of felt like we gave a little bit away last time and it's kind of frustrating winning a championship that way," Brazil said. "This was redemption in a way. Even though we won last time, we wanted to go out and play much better, and I feel like we did."
The Bulls were led by Sarah Wallace, who had 13 kills and 13 digs. Teammate Jordan Winters added nine kills.
For the Pilots, Rebecca Langowski led the way with 12 kills. She was followed by Emma Doud with eight kills, and Dana Pineda and Allie Oilar each had 11 assists.