Bellarmine and SHP have never met in the CCS playoffs as the teams have been split between Division I and Division II. But with the advent of the Open Division for the 2017 season, it was only a matter of time before two of the premiere teams in the nation battled for a section crown.
Cate Desler (SHP '18) was a leader offensively and defensively for the Jumbos during her rookie campaign. The outside hitter played in 92 of the Jumbos' 98 sets, and took the court in 25 of the team's 26 matches. She led the team with 2.68 kills per set and in total kills, with 247. The Hillsborough, Calif. native was also the Jumbos leader in service aces, as she finished the season with 41. Defensively she helped as well, turning in 2.27 digs per set, the third most on the team. She also finished with 36 blocks on the year.
Six Gators finished in the top 20 in the boys’ varsity race last Friday at Crystal Springs, with senior Max Cluss paving the way to earn SHP the boys’ team championship. The next test for the Gators’ depth comes Saturday at the Central Coast Section cross-country championships at Crystal Springs.