Twin Wins Help JV Vol­ley­ball Leave Tough Pre­sea­son Be­hind

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Pre­sea­son was rough for the Escalon JV vol­ley­ball girls.

That, ac­cord­ing to new JV head coach Krystal Ro­driguez, who moved up from the fresh­man level to coach the JV girls this sea­son.

“We bat­tled our­selves most of the time and learned it’s im­por­tant to play as a team and not an in­di­vid­ual and how much the game is very men­tal, never shut­ting off your brain,” Ro­driguez said. “We got a lit­tle bet­ter with each op­po­nent, never ac­tu­ally be­ing able to fin­ish un­til our Ripon Chris­tian and Gre­gori wins. I be­lieve that was our turn­ing point.”

The girls com­piled a mark of 2-5 in the pre­sea­son but this week put a pair of TVL vic­to­ries on the books.

They trav­eled to River­bank for a game on Mon­day, Sept. 21 and won by scores of 25-3 and 25-14.

“We got a lit­tle too com­fort­able the sec­ond match but pulled through. Top servers were Han­nah Mur­phy in the first match with 15 points, Pey­ton Arnold with seven points and Brielle Arauza with six points, four of which were aces.”

Wed­nes­day, Sept. 23 was a home match against an al­ways tough Ripon team.

“Play­ing Ripon was amaz­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing. It was the ic­ing on the cake and a win the girls re­ally needed to boost up their morale,” said Ro­driguez. “We took the win in three, 23-25, 2517, 15-9.”

It was a well-rounded at­tack from Escalon that made the dif­fer­ence.

“Brielle Arauza (head cap­tain) notched eight as­sists and al­ways has con­sis­tent serv­ing,” Ro­driguez added. “Han­nah Mur­phy led with seven kills and had great serve re­ceive. Great dig­ging from Brianna Martins, and Amanda Salvador and Kait­lyn Her­reira had three aces each.”

Get­ting on the win­ning track to start the league sea­son was very sat­is­fy­ing, said Ro­driguez, both for her­self as coach and the play­ers.

“I’m very for­tu­nate to have coached the same group of girls last sea­son so I knew what I wanted us to work on this year,” she pointed out of mov­ing up with last year’s fresh­man squad. “The girls are grow­ing as ath­letes and learn­ing as a team that we need ev­ery­one on the court, and the bench, to al­ways stay pos­i­tive and be a part of the game. I’m look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful sea­son, learn­ing how to over­come and bet­ter our weak­nesses.”

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