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Cabrillo has strong aspirations under first-year head coach Greg Sii.
“We are looking to compete in every game but overall to make a playoff bid for the first time in school history,” Sii said.
The Jags are going to maximize their stamina to help them this season, as well as changing their attitudes.
“We are going to compete by playing the whole game, not just quarters or halves,” Sii said. “By setting a goal of making the playoffs, understanding what it will take, what sacrifices they are willing to take for themselves and the team.”
To work towards these goals, the Jags return First-Team Moore Leaguer Alliyha Barredo, along with Second-Team junior Elizabeth Miranda and Forward Melody Toney. Sii said he has high hopes for his junior leaders.
“I expect all three of these juniors to take a bigger role,” Sii said. “They all have the tools to make an impact on the team.”
Joining these juniors are Makayla Means and Mariah Anthony, two fresh faces for Cabrillo. These freshmen are looking to make some noise for the Jags.
“They have big potential and should make an impact,” Sii said. “Both have good height and frame with soft hands.”
All of these players are coming together to form Cabrillo’s squad for the year. Sii has been trying to get to know this group during his first year as head coach.
“After being here for a few months and playing a few summer and fall games,” Sii said. “I got to see what kind of team we have but most importantly, what kind of players they are.”
Although it’s only Sii’s first year as head coach, he is already working to improve things on the West Side.
“Trying to change the mindset over here to bring it back to ‘you can’t beat hard work,’” Sii said. “You just need to get in the gym and grind.”