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Tradition lends a hand in Mira Costa High School CIF volleyball championship

At the point when the Mira Costa young men volleyball crew won the CIF Southern Section title Friday night before 1,500 insane fans in their spic and span rec center it seemed like the heavenly finish of a moving title season.

At the point when the Mira Costa young men volleyball crew won the CIF Southern Section title Friday night before 1,500 insane fans in their spic and span rec center it seemed like the heavenly finish of a moving title season.

It wasn’t. It could without much of a stretch get significantly more brilliant.

Mira Costa will presently have an elimination round state title competition game Thursday night. In the event that it dominates that match, Costa will have the state title game Saturday night. They were planned to play a first-round home game Tuesday night, however that changed Sunday when the Mustangs were given a bye for the quarterfinals.

The promising possibility of two straight state competition home games in Fisher Gymnasium is one of the awards for the Mustang’s triumphant their first CIF title since 2012.

Mentor Mike Cook with players, a portion of whom’s fathers he instructed. Photograph by Ray Vidal

“We’re commending winning CIF at the present time,” Coach Avery Drost said Saturday night. “Yet, we’ll return to work Monday and I’m certain the children will be prepared to play once more.”

His title group shown all that a CIF victor requires while beating Newport Harbor: laser-like serves, tireless burrows, incredible kill shots and beast blocks, aplenty.

The best part is that the group filled in as a smooth unit, with shrewd passing to get the right players going after the ideal opportunity. Each time Newport Harbor appeared as though it was going to transform the game into a genuine canine battle – like when it raged back from a major shortfall to win the subsequent set — Mira Costa had an answer that hammered the entryway shut on the Sailors and their title yearnings.

However, Costa likewise two or three additional fixings that helped Drost brew up a critical title run for the group he has instructed throughout the previous four years.

First there was his choice to ask previous long-term Mira Costa Head Coach Mike Cook to join his varsity staff. Cook, who won six CIF titles during his long residency at the Mustangs’ steerage, happily acknowledged.

“Cooker has a very old fashioned volleyball mind,” Drost said. “He’s seen everything and has a universal knowledge of secondary school volleyball.”

The thought was to have Cook take on an Obi-Wan-Kenobi sort of part with the group.

“We calculated it’s the ideal job for him,” Drost said. “Aide Coach Greg Snyder and I could pound out the subtleties of our approaches and Cooker could tutor the children and offer his intelligence with them. They all know and regard him – he’s a Mira Costa legend.”

Group Captain Ben Coordt committed the success to his father Brett played in a Mira Costa group that lost in the finals in 1989. Photograph by Ray Vidal

Group chief Ben Coordt, the external hitter who had a few key kill shots Friday night, said Cook’s return gave a passionate lift to the group in light of the fact that the vast majority of them had worked with him already.

“Having him returned and work with us in the exercise center was a genuine rush,” Coordt said. “Simply his essence and his insight gave us a major benefit with system and strategies.”

Obviously, it worked. Costa, in the wake of dividing its season arrangement with Newport Harbor, had the option to beat them when it made a difference most by a score – 25-14, 23-25, 25-13 and 25-21 — that wasn’t close to as close as you would expect of two groups that showed up equitably coordinated with coming into the title game.

Also, there was another secret calculate working Costa’s approval: two of its most significant players — Coordt and all-around stick fellow Kyle Johnson – have fathers who played for Mira Costa some time ago. Brett Coordt was in the Mira Costa class of 1989 and Brad Johnson in the class of 1984.

“That was the most awesome aspect of winning this title,” Coordt said. “My dad was in a group that lost a CIF Final. So after this game I gave him a major embrace and disclosed to him we won it for him. He needed this triumph however much I did.”

For the seniors like Coordt, Friday night’s success was particularly fulfilling for another explanation: they were individuals from the 2019 Mustang group that lost to Newport Harbor in that year’s CIF title game.

“We lost in four sets that year,” Drost said. “It was one of multiple times they beat us that year. Newport Harbor had a really staggering group. They were undefeated.”

In spite of the fact that they did whatever it takes not to let outside factors occupy them as they arranged for Friday night’s down, Coordt said the memory of the 2019 title game misfortune stayed with him.

“Since the time then, at that point, it’s anything but a fantasy of mine to win CIF,” he said. “It’s the best inclination I’ve at any point had. A little glimpse of heaven.”

Last year, the Mustangs appeared to be making a course for vengeance and reclamation for the 2019 title game misfortune. They flooded to a 10-0 record and were resembling the best group in the state until the Covid-19 pandemic abruptly shut down all prep sports for a year.

This year Drost, a 34-year-old AVP visit player who is collaborating with nearby, double cross Olympian (2008, 2012) Sean Rosenthal this late spring, begun practice for his group back in February.

“We for the most part chipped away at functional preparing, yet it was intense on the grounds that for quite a while it looked like there would not have been a volleyball season,” he said. “That all changed in mid-March.”

When they made it to the CIF title game more than two months after the fact, Drost and his aide, Greg Snyder, had seven days to get ready. They knew precisely what their group expected to do to win.

“There are two things that Newport Harbor does extraordinary: their external hitters assault the square, and they serve exceptionally intense,” Drost said. “At the point when they beat Loyola they brought huge loads of extreme serves.”

The Mustang blueprint’s attention was on using their size, particularly direct, and shrewd passing.

“We had a major size advantage, so we needed to zero in on that and furthermore pass well,” he said. “Ben Coordt and Garret Carver passed extremely well in this game.”

The Mustangs were steady in adhering to the blueprint.

“The center is the place where we had the best matchup advantage with our size, so it was critical to run the center,” he said. “Jim Garrison was world class, and Brennan Morgan had probably the main, opportune kills for us. We don’t dominate this match without Jim and Brennan. Jim was truly staggering.”

As they anticipated Thursday night’s state elimination round game, the Mustangs got some uplifting news: as the favorite, they will play the victor of the quarterfinal match between Sage Creek and Newport Harbor.

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