WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Wildcatz were not able to keep their early momentum going, and the visiting Christopher Cougars walked away with a 21-25, 25-18, 25-10, 25-19 win Tuesday.
It was the Wildcatz’s senior night, and the emotions of the night fired up the Catz and their crowd in the beginning of the match.
“It’s an emotional day,” said Watsonville’s Alexa Carrillo. “A team that’s been working together is now parting, and for the seniors it all comes down to this.”
Watsonville (8-16, 2-9) used their high emotions from the opening ceremony, which honored, Jasmine Anaya, Zoe Rector, Connie Guzman, Lexie Gonzalez, Jackie Loeza and Carrillo, to take over the first set mid-way.
The home team rolled to a 16-12 lead that forced Christopher (14-18, 5-7) to take a timeout.
The stoppage in time didn’t stop the Catz, however.
Carrillo, who finished with four kills and five blocks, and the Catz kept the Cougars at a comfortable distance en route to the first set win.
“The first set was amazing,” Carrillo said. “We pushed, but I think what happened was we attacked ourselves. We got a little rattled.”
After hanging tough with the Cougars early in the second set, the Catz were unable to continue to match their play and Christopher opened up a six-point lead.
They used that lead and momentum to cruise through that set and the following to take the 2-1 lead, and eventually the match win.
Watsonville did hold an early lead in the final set, but the visitors scored seven unanswered points to recapture the advantage and win it in four.
“We played tough,” Carrillo said. “We battled and we focused.”
Caitlyn Covington led the Catz with nine kills, and Gonzales had five.
Watsonville will end its season with a trip to Salinas High to play the 11-0 Cowboys Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s a good test for the end of the season,” Carrillo said, “but with good covering and good set we should be able to get some balls over.”
The Wildcatz lost to the Cowboys in three sets when they last played.
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