Local streak ends!

Can you believe the last time a local girls volleyball team reached the state finals was 1994? That was a long time ago, even for those of us who have shot  past the "don’t trust anyone over 30" barrier, so 1994 much seem like the Ice Age to the current group of players from Liberty and St. Mary’s that will be making the trip to Mission Viejo for Saturday’s finals. I helped cover the state tournament for the Times in 1994 when Miramonte played for the Division IV title. Here’s some perspective: a mega-standout for Archbishop Mitty in the Division III state final that year was Kerri Walsh, the same Kerri Walsh who is now a beach volleyball superstar.
After years of hearing local coaches who’ve led outstanding teams tell me about how their playoff runs hit a brick wall – often at the hands of powerhouse teams from the Central Coast or Sac-Joaquin sections – it’s inspiring to see two East Bay teams land in the state championship matches.
Why do you think these teams were able to reach the state title match after so many other strong local teams did not?