ORANGE—It was the battle of David versus Goliath. The final showdown for the CIF Division V State Championship.
Mount Madonna, the small school nestled deep in the forest made up of 63 high school students, against University High, a juggernaut with about 1,500 students from the westside of Los Angeles.
The Wildcats student body section showed up with a cheering squad, a drumbeat core and a large pep squad to support the “home team” in a mach they were hoping would end with for a postgame celebration.
But the Hawks paid no attention to the theatrics as they defeated University in the state title match in four sets, 25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 25-8, on Saturday at Santiago Canyon College.
Senior Savannah Campbell had three aces and led the Hawks with 43 assists. She finished with a team-high 133 assists in the CIF NorCal playoffs and state championship game.
“We didn’t let the band or the crowd shake us at all,” Cambell said. “We talked about tunnel vision today and talked about focusing on our court, not focusing on what’s on theirs.”
The Hawks had a small, yet mighty crowd cheering them on and Cambell said they were able to feed off of them throughout the match.
“It’s crazy that we did this and we’ve seen that (2007 state title) banner every single day in our gym and now we’ll have our names on there,” Cambell said.
It’s the second CIF State Championship for the Hawks and first since 2007 under then coach Gabrielle Houston.
Current Mt. Madonna coach Erin Mitchell was a sophomore when the first group won a state title. Read more