Bishop Diego blitzed Providence, 25-4 25-7, 25-1, for its 11th straight girls volleyball sweep and seventh in a row in the Frontier League on Thursday.

Senior captain Amy Mancinelli scored 17 points on service aces to with five kills and 13 assists for the Cardinals.  Ellis Bergquist chipped in four kills, and Sofia Borgatello added two kills. Freshmen Sonia Mancuso and Annie McDonald were called up for the varsity match and contributed. and Mancuso had three service aces, while McDonald had four kills. 

“While we’re getting good opportunities to have a bunch of different lineups on the floor, I’m most pleased with the focus our team has out there in games like this,” said Bishop coach Dillan Bennett. The scores don’t show what takes place in the rallies; we have to focus pretty hard on the little details in order to limit our own errors. We made four total errors in three games, which shows that we are taking care of the ball on our side when we get the chance.”

The Cardinals will challenge themselves on Saturday as they travel to Harvard-Westlake for a pair of matches against Providence/Burbank (ranked ninth in Division 6) and host Harvard-Westlake (listed among others in the Division 1-2 poll). Harvard-Westlake is ranked by MaxPreps in the top 15 in California, while Providence is a perennial Prep League power making a late season push for the postseason.  

“These matches were put on the schedule to challenge our team before playoffs, and both opponents will do that in spades,” said Bennett.

The Cardinals are 18-6 overall, 7-0 in the Frontier League. They host Santa Clara on Tuesday at for Senior Night. 

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