Girls volleyball: Branson advances to NorCal Open semifinals


The Branson School girls volleyball team hit the road on Wednesday night for the quarterfinals of the NorCal Open Division playoffs, taking down Sacred Heart Prep in straight sets.

The No. 5 Bulls (28-4) handled their business quickly and confidently, securing a 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 victory against the No. 4 Gators in Atherton.

Branson moves on to the semifinals at 6 p.m. Saturday against the top-seeded team in Northern California, Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. The Matadors (31-4) took down No. 8 Redwood (28-8) in straight sets, 25-12, 25-19, 25-17, in the opposite quarterfinal.

Elena Fisher had 17 kills to pace Branson, adding nine digs. Sadie Snipes, just hours after signing her National Letter of Intent to play beach volleyball for Santa Clara University, had 14 kills, the last of which stood as the match winner.

Another NLI signee, setter Logan Tusher, dished out 19 assists and add nine kills. Tusher is set to play beach volleyball for Stanford next year.

Dylan Whisenant also had nine digs for the Bulls.

No. 2 Foothill and No. 3 Saint Francis also advanced to the quarterfinals. Archbishop Mitty has won 12 consecutive games since enduring a four-game losing streak which included a defeat to Branson in Las Vegas and a pair of losses to Saint Francis.

Branson is riding a 15-match winning streak that began with the win over Mitty in Las Vegas. Earlier in the season, Branson took losses to each of the top three seeds.



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