It had been 36 years since a NorCal team won the California Community College Championship, but Cabrillo College ended SoCal’s dominance on Dec. 8, defeating El Cajon’s Grossmont College 28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19. The Seahawks ended the season 31-0, marking the first undefeated season in program history.
The championship pits the top four teams from California’s community college system, two from the north and two from the south, against each other in a double-elimination tournament. In the first round, Cabrillo defeated Grossmont in four games, but Grossmont battled back by defeating American River and Irvine Valley, sweeping both teams, to earn their spot in the championship match.
Cabrillo met Irvine Valley in the second round. At that time, the IVC Lasers were also fighting to maintain an undefeated record. The match went to five sets before Cabrillo handed IVC their first loss of the season, and with the win, Cabrillo rocketed straight to the final.
In their second meeting, Grossmont gained a 24-20 lead on Cabrillo in set one before allowing two kills and an ace and making some ill-timed hitting errors to give the NorCal team the game. From there, Cabrillo maintained its momentum in game two but gave up some ground to allow Grossmont to take game three. Cabrillo regained their composure to take the fourth game and the title.
Cabrillo’s Kelsey Shaver, who set a record for most kills by a NorCal player in a state tournament match earlier in the weekend with 31, contributed 14 kills and 13 digs on her way to being named tournament MVP.