LAKE BALBOA >> The Los Angeles Port Women's Volleyball Team was attempting to do something never before done in the history of the school and to win the CIF L.A. City Section Championship.
The East Valley of North Hollywood has hindered the history of school with polar bears.
POLA was beaten throughout the battle and once the dust settled, the Polar Bears celebrated their first CIF title 22-25, 25-14.25-23, 26-24 in the final of the Division IV at Birmingham Charter High, Friday night.
After losing the first set, POLA gathered the following three sets behind Kaylen Scott's dynamic senior duo, who scored 24 wins and four strokes and four blocks, and junior Mia Di Costanza, who scored 12 kills. and two counters.
POLA started the fourth set 6-1, but showed great determination by scoring five consecutive points to equal six. The set went back and forth, head changing hands 13 times overall. With POLA late 15-14, the Polar Bears scored six of the following eight points to take a 20-16 lead over two attacks from Scott and Di Costanza.
East Valley would rally to score the next six points and take a 22-20 lead. Di Costanza made a huge game by canceling a big point to end an exchange of almost a minute to reduce the Falcons' lead to one.
Junior libero Kasandra Soria made a very long comeback that East Valley could not stand. The match was tied at 22. Ace rookie Sasha Suggs gave the Polar Bears a 23-22 lead. After a 25-24 East Valley service error, the points scored by the Polar Bears were marked by the last point of their match, triggering a wild celebration after POLA won its first CIF title.
"It's amazing, I'm so happy right now," Scott said. "After losing the first set, we kept pushing and trying to keep going. I am really excited by the victory. It is an incredible feeling, especially since I am an elderly person. "
In the important third inning, Scott helped the Polar Bears start the game by scoring the first four points. The East Valley rebounded to 16-14, with the Polar Bears keeping the lead at 21-15  before East Valley scored a 7-1 goal to tie the game at 22. But Scott not going to let the Polar Bears stay denied having eliminated the last two points to give POLA 25-23, which is three wins and a 2-1 lead in the game.
"We just loved each other and we got upset and played smart, not loud," said Di Costanza. "I was in an area and I was thinking of nothing but recovering the ball. I was in disbelief when this last point fell. We had worked so hard for that and it was so rewarding.