San Marcos Cruises Past Santa Ynez

It only took three sets for the San Marcos High boy’s volleyball team to dispatch Santa Ynez 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 on Tuesday night at Maury Halleck Gymnasium.

The Royals will now look ahead to a pivotal matchup with
first-place Santa Barbara on Thursday and the opportunity to capture a share of
the Channel League title.

“We’re 6-1 in league and there’s another team that’s 7-0
league.  We’re going to go over there on
Thursday” said San Marcos coach Roger Kuntz. “I think tonight we got a little
bit better with some of the combinations we’re trying to run.”

Santa Barbara is currently ranked No. 4 in the most recent
CIF-SS Division 1/2 poll after winning the Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions
for the first time since 2005.

The Dons defeated Loyala 25-22, 25-14, 24-26, 25-21 in the
Championship match avenging a five-set loss earlier this season. San Marcos will
be facing a Santa Barbara team that has hit its stride on Thursday.

“We get a share of the Channel League if we win. Everybody
is expecting them to win and they are deserving of that expectation,” Kuntz
said. “They’ve had the kind of year that coaches love to have. Maybe we can
sneak in there and do some good things, Serve tough, put up a few blocks and
see what can happen.”

Against Santa Ynez there were a lot of positives to choose
from for San Marcos, including the continued strong play of sophomore middle
hitter Cade McLean who led the way with 11 kills and four blocks.

The Royals are especially strong in the middle with Parker
Bittner and Will Pace joining McLean to form a fearsome combination.

San Marcos (20-6 overall, 6-1 Channel League) clinched the
third set and the match on a spike by Toby Still.

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