STORY BY MATT SIMON
Heading into Wilson’s second round match against Citrus Valley junior Risa Sena and the Bruins were confident that they could outplay the Blackhawks.
Sena proved that has she led Wilson with 12 kills as the Bruins swept Citrus Valley 25-18, 25-21, 27-25 on Saturday night.
“I think we really came into this one with the mentality that we want to win,” Sena said. “We were swinging to win and not just play it safe.”
That mentality was the difference as Wilson kept the Blackhawks off balance and caused them to struggle with their passing throughout the match.
The Bruins will now advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF Division 3 playoffs when they host Culver City Wednesday at 6 p.m.
With great setting from Riley White and Jaedyn Gonzalez, the Bruins were able to distribute the ball to Katharine Mumm, Doris Chuang and Katelyn Chua who combined for more than 15 kills.
The return of Sena was has been a big part of the Bruins success. The junior missed some early season matches, but returned during league play.
“ Risa’s been great for us all year,” Wilson coach Carlos Briceno said. “We slowed down a little bit when she got injured and now I think we’re really starting to catch our stride again. The girls played great, the one thing we talk about is supporting each other and staying positive.”