Venice High Girls Volleyball team takes historic victory over Palisades


History was made Tuesday night at Venice High when the Gondoliers became the first Western League girls’ volleyball team to defeat Palisades in a league match of the 2010 season.

Venice, led by coach Ral Avils, defeated the Dolphins 3–1 to end Palisades’ 130-match winning streak. It was the first league defeat for coach Carlos Gray since taking over the program in 2013.

Daniela Kensinger, whose twin brother is a star for the football team, recorded 14 kills, 14 digs and four aces. Ren Martinez killed 17 forts.

After losing the first set, Venice put up a strong performance.

“The key was executing our game plan and staying disciplined,” Avils said.

Afterwards, the celebration was loud and enthusiastic.

“It was a little exciting,” Avils said. “The kids went a little crazy.”

By winning, Venice positioned themselves to be the No. 1 seed for the City Section Open Division playoffs. The scores were 27-29, 25-17, 24-14, 25-13.

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