Vol­ley­ball Girls Roll To Play­off Vic­to­ries

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Escalon’s var­sity girls vol­ley­ball team has taken to the road – and come away with im­pres­sive wins.

They opened up play in the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Di­vi­sion IV play­offs at Bear River in Grass Val­ley on Hal­loween, Tues­day, Oct. 31. The num­ber six seed Bear River team found the 11th seeded Lady Cougars more than they could han­dle. Games were close but the vis­it­ing squad came away with a 3-0 win, Escalon tak­ing the con­test in a sweep, 25-16, 26-24, 25-23.

That win put them back on the road Thurs­day, as they headed to face off with num­ber three seed Calav­eras. Again, it was a clean sweep for Escalon, tak­ing down Calav­eras in scores of 25-23, 2517, 25-16.

“My team has de­cided to come to­gether and play as one at the per­fect time,” head coach Teresa Wil­liamson said. “Tiana Lopez, Tess Cosby, Meadow Naraghi and Madisyn Wid­mer are play­ing out of their minds de­fen­sively, Brielle Arauza is mix­ing up her sets very well and Leila Phillps, Pey­ton Arnold and Me­lanie Smith are lead­ing the de­fense at the net with their block­ing.”

Step­ping up their of­fen­sive game to lead the team so far in the play­offs are Han­nah Mur­phy, Mya Beary, Kait­lyn Her­rera and Hunter Wheeler.

“Han­nah Boyd, who was pulled up from the JV team for the play­offs, has im­me­di­ately picked up the pace and mind­set of this team and con­tin­ues to thrive,” Wil­liamson added.

The Lady Cougars, by virtue of their win over Calav­eras, qual­i­fied for the NorCals. They also were sched­uled to con­tinue their play­off run on the road, trav­el­ing to num­ber two seed Bret Harte on Tues­day, Nov. 7 for a 7 p.m. con­test, af­ter The Times went to press.

Bret Harte reached the semi­fi­nals with an open­ing round 3-0 win over No. 15 Ven­ture Academy and a quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tory, 3-2, over num­ber seven seed Va­cav­ille Chris­tian.

The win­ner of Tues­day’s game ad­vances to the Sec­tion fi­nal against the win­ner of the Hil­mar (top seed) and Union Mine (fourth seed) semi­fi­nal con­test on the other side of the bracket. The fi­nal is sched­uled for Satur­day, Nov. 11 – time and place to be an­nounced.

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