first_imgNothing lasts forever, and someday the streak will end. At some point, the law of averages will catch up, and the Mayfair High girls volleyball team will lose a Suburban League match. But if not Wednesday, at La Mirada with a rowdy home crowd supporting the Matadores, then when? If the Monsoons were able to overcome La Mirada dominating most of the fourth game to force the deciding game, and win, 25-19, 19-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-9, during a season in which graduation had gutted them of four starters, then it is unsure just when they can be expected to fall. “We didn’t come in here expecting a sweep, we knew we were going to have a fight on our hands,” first-year Mayfair coach Zac Chan said. “When we talked before that (fourth) game, we said we do not want to go to a fifth; they have the advantage, they have home court, they have more fans. But that fifth game, I told our girls they have a lot of heart, they have a lot of character. To overcome a fifth game on the road is an accomplishment.” Mayfair (7-7, 4-0) picked up its 112th consecutive league victory the hard way, with La Mirada riding the cheers of the crowd to lead the fourth game by as many as 10 points before a late Monsoons comeback. Considering their ubiquitousness on the professional and college sports scene, it was no surprise to find a few Matadores supporters wielding ThunderStix, with small plastic megaphones supplementing them from the top of the bleachers to produce a deafening din in support of the home team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 As the Monsoons mounted a late comeback to make Game 4 close, outside hitter Jill Sorem had one of her 24 kills to cut the deficit to 20-14. And the Mayfair senior took a moment to shoot the La Mirada cheering section a look of defiance before celebrating the point with her teammates. “I didn’t hear them … well, I heard them in between points,” Sorem said. “It pumped me up more, to make me want to hit the ball harder. So they kind of did it in my favor. It made me just want to go for it, get the kills.” Game 5 was tied 3-3 before the Monsoons took a 6-3 lead and force La Mirada into a timeout. But the Matadores (8-5, 3-1) were out of gas, and Mayfair led 13-4 before La Mirada took advantage of Monsoons mistakes — including three kill attempts into the net — to close within 13-9. That was all, though, as the Monsoons, who also received nine kills and 24 digs from Katie Bos and 38 assists from Kelly Hasenjager, weathered their strongest Suburban League challenge in years to win another league match in a streak that began when some of the current Monsoons were just beginning grade school. “We still don’t talk about it in our team huddles, we don’t discuss it,” Chan said. “We talk about, /\x27/Hey, this is a great game, this is a tight game, let’s go out there and have fun.” This is only the fourth game of league, we still have Cerritos, which is going to be tough, we still have La Mirada one more time. We’re far from this league being over.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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