Campolindo is a different team this postseason. Something is missing.
After its NCS championship loss to Analy on Nov. 18th, it became evident. Last season, the Cougars had Kristen Kathan, one of the most furocious outside hitters in the Bay Area. However, it’s not the big hitters they lack, since Cari Kahn, Amy Martini and K.C. Eames (who is battling knee problems) provide their fair share of offense. It’s the intangibles that Kathan brought to the team that is missing. A passion for the game, a sense of urgency and importance.
This was exposed in the playoffs, despite the Cougars reaching the championship match. The loss to Analy blew it out the water. Not taking anything away from Analy, but it was a match the Cougars could have and probably should have won.
Now, Campolindo has a chance to redeem itself. Four-year starting setter Christina Wells said there is an amazing amount of effort put forth by the team every night, which is undeniable.
Maybe the loss to Analy sparked something within, and perhaps awoke a giant. Maybe now the Cougars will show why they’ve been one of the most talented teams in the area the last four seasons.
And if Campolindo can win at top-seeded Notre Dame- Belmont on Saturday, a re-match with Analy is possible and so is a much elusive state championship appearance.