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Boy's Volleyball: Watsonville sweeps young Grizzlies

Posted: Friday, Mar 7th, 2014


Watsonville High’s Omar Gutierrez (4) slams the ball over the net as Pajaro Valley High’s Justin Mendoza (9) leaps for a block during the second set of their Monterey Bay League matchup Thursday at Pajaro Valley High. Tony Nunez/Register-Pajaronian




WATSONVILLE — Watsonville has much to live up to this season, and they’re off to a good start.

The Watsonville Wildcatz swept the Pajaro Valley Grizzlies 25-9, 25-22, 25-12 to win their first Monterey Bay League match Thursday at Pajaro Valley High.

Watsonville (1-1-1, 1-0) is coming off of their most successful season in the program’s history.

They went 16-0 in MBL play to win their first league title, and made it to the Central Coast Section Division-I playoffs.

But things have changed for the Catz.

Gone is Watsonville’s head coach Derrick Moore, who turned the program into a title contender in three years at his alma mater, and so is the MBL’s Defensive Player of the Year libero Claudio Martinez.

Filling the big void at the coaching position is Susan Jeske, who took over the Watsonville High girls program this year as well.

Moore decided to move a little south to take over the Seaside High program.

Watsonville travels to play the Spartans, led by their former coach, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. and host them April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

While there is some pressure to continue the success that has hit Watsonville of recent years, Jeske said that her players have not shown any signs of cracking.

“I don’t see them feeling the pressure,” Jeske said. “They’re very proud of what they accomplished. I see big things with them. I’m just here to guide them.”



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