San Marcos falls to Cedar Ridge in playoffs

Photo by Gerald Castillo

 A long and hard-fought season came to a close for the Lady Rattlers tonight. Mistakes got the best of San Marcos as it hosted Cedar Ridge in the first round of the playoffs.

The Raiders jumped out to an early first-set lead and never looked back. Cedar Ridge went on to sweep San Marcos (25-17, 25-19, 25-13). A San Marcos attack that usually is aggressive behind senior middle blocker Taylor Henderson and junior middle blocker Shyeann Lampkin was kept off balance.

“Tonight we just got frustrated and that cost consecutive points,” head coach Michelle Moreno said. “You can’t do that in a match like this. Cedar Ridge is a good team and they capitalized on our mistakes.”

The Raiders ability to utilize a floater to find holes in the San Marcos defense kept the Rattlers on their heels. Despite the first-set loss, San Marcos continued to fight moving forward. The Cedar Ridge second-set lead was down to 5 points before the Raiders went on a late run to close the door.

Momentum carried over into the third and final set for Cedar Ridge as they completed the sweep. Henderson recorded eight kills on the night while Lampkin produced seven of her own. Defensively, junior libero Celie Contreras had a team-high 18 digs. 

The loss ends San Marcos’ season, which concluded with a 25-16 overall record and an 8-3 District 14-6A record. Moreno will be losing a handful of seniors but she is confident about where the program is headed after back-to-back playoff appearances.

Henderson will be the most missed in terms of production for this young San Marcos team. She broke the single-season record with 473 kills while recording 429 digs, 67 aces and 52 total blocks. 

The Lady Rattlers will miss their senior leader but have a some underclassmen with talent. Freshman setter Julia Antu led the team in assist with 570. Returning for their senior year is middle blocker Lampkin and Contreras. Lampkin finished the year with 343 kills and a team-high 79 kills. Contreras recorded 583 digs and is closing in on the school all-time record. 

“These seniors had tremendous leadership,” Moreno said. “We just want (the program) to continue moving forward. In the huddle I told them this is a learning experience. Next year’s season starts tomorrow. More than half my team is coming back. We had a couple of freshman starting and a couple sophomore starting. So we’re just going to build on this and continue to grow.”

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