Santa Cruz Sentinel: Hot Hands Lead Mount Madonna Past Castilleja in D-V Semifinals | CCS Volleyball Roundup

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 11/8/2019, “Hot hands lead Mount Madonna past Castilleja in D-V semifinals | CCS volleyball roundup,” by Jim Seimas. Photo by Shmuel Thaler. Includes video interviews with sophomore outside Liana Kitchel and senior outside Paola Jacobs.

WATSONVILLE — Three-time Central Coast Section girls volleyball champion Mount Madonna School rode its hottest hand to clinch its sixth Division V final berth.

Err, make that hottest hands — and all of the Hawks had them. Part inspirational, part motivational, part team unity, the Hawks drew fire on the backside of their hands with red ink.

Outside hitter Liana Kitchel said the flames signified energy, and the top-seeded Hawks weren’t lacking any in their 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19 semifinal win over No. 4 Castilleja at Watsonville High on Thursday night.

“I’m so excited,” Kitchel said. “This team, I love this team. It’s so great just to keep playing.” Read more