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.