WATSONVILLE — Before the game the Wildcatz celebrated senior night, and head coach Derrick Moore announced that he’s not coming back to Watsonville next year.
If that’s true, this is some way to go out.
Watsonville (24-7, 16-0) looked like their dominant selves as they closed out their dream regular season with a three set sweep of the Gonzales Spartans (0-8, 0-8), 25-6, 25-10, 25-10.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,’ said Moore of the Catz’s run through league play. “For this program, that was impossible, so to make the impossible possible for this program feels amazing.”
Parents, friends and former players were all in attendance to see the Wildcatz honor their three seniors: Claudio Martinez, Mani Mendoza and Sam Zepeda.
In Moore’s speech he referenced the hard times in his four year as head coach of the now juggernaut Wildcatz. He also spoke about his days of playing at Watsonville High and the lack of support that he had, something that this years team has not experienced.
The game went by faster than the opening ceremony.
All the Wildcat’z players played relaxed and they cruised to three easy set wins.
Ivan Mendez had 23 assists. Mendez had 10 digs before Moore gave him a rest in the final two sets. Torres finished with 10 kills.
The real deal starts on Wednesday.
The Monterey Bay League playoffs will run through Watsonville High and their first opponent will be the Palma High Chieftains.
“Everyone wants to dethrone us,” said Moore. “We have the crown right now, and all the weight it on us, and we can’t play like it’s affecting us. We have to play looser.”
The last time the Catz met up with the Chieftains they beat them in four sets.
“We have to continue to be the passing team,” said Moore. “Without passing there is nothing else in this game. There’s no defense or offense. We just have to focus on getting positive offense against that team, because defensively we will out dig any team in this league.”
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