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Mitty’s Repeat Act Stuns Mater Dei

Nicole Liddle (13) and Archbishop Mitty were up to their usual tricks in the Open Division state final.

This year, as the dogpile shifted to the other side of the net, Archbishop Mitty coach Bret Almazan-Cezar paused on the sidelines for a moment to take in the celebration and appreciate his girls’ latest California state masterpiece.

“I was flattered you picked us, but I thought you were crazy,” Almazan-Cezar told one reporter after Mitty’s press conference was over.

The idea of picking the most successful program in state history that has built an almost indomitable winning blueprint for this time of year does not seem off at all. Though the roster was a bit different, Julia Devine, Nicole Liddle, Kamrin Caoili, Makaela Tanaka and Moriah Scott returned to the same court a season ago when they were underdogs to a favored Santa Margarita squad in the inaugural Open Division state championship match.


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