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Eyes on the prize

Posted: Saturday, May 11th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — The last two seasons the Mount Madonna Hawks saw their year come to a halt in the CCS finals.

This year’s squad is on a mission, and the St. Ignatius Wildcatz found out how determined this team is on Thursday night.

The Hawks dominated the visiting Widcatz in three straight sets 25-18, 25-10, 25-19 to move on to the CCS semifinals.

“It’s always stressful going into CCS knowing that if you lose once your season is over,” said senior Jake Getz, who finished his final match in the Mount Madonna High gym with 17 kills.

The Wildcatz earned the right to play in the second round by beating the Aptos Mariners on Tuesday night at Aptos High. The Mariners had played the Hawks tough all year and it was no guarantee that the Hawks would plow through the Wildcatz like they did on Thursday.

“They’re a real solid team,” said Getz. “We saw them play Aptos on Tuesday and kind of rip through them. Our entire team just stepped up and played together, and that’s that high level of play that I expect out of this team.”

The Hawks also received a great game from sophomore setter Pedro Aguirre who finished with 35 assists.

“He’s stepped up amazingly all year,” said Getz. “One of the major players that we lost this year was our setter, and this is [Aguirre’s] first time setting. He’s dealt with the nerves very well and improved and grown as a player this season.”

This season has been Aguirre’s first full season on the varsity squad, and he’s blossomed into a solid player that has helped the Hawks to another SCCAL outright title and a date with the Soquel Knights in the semifinal round of the CCS playoffs today at Indepence High School.

The Knights are the only team to have beaten the Hawks this season in SCCAL play. They took down the Hawks in four sets 25-23, 26-24, 28-26,15-13.

“There’s only one group of guys that has won the SCCAL three times and the CCS once,” said Getz. “Having felt that feeling of losing in the finals two years in a row we know that we don’t want to be in that situation again.”

Willy Bryan had nine kills and Rudy Hooven had 10 digs.

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