Var­sity Vol­ley­ball Girls Sal­vage One Win For Week

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

Af­ter a loss in the Foun­da­tion Game on the road at Calav­eras on Aug. 20, the Escalon var­sity vol­ley­ball girls came back home for a pair of non-league matches. They fell to St. Mary’s on Aug. 22 and then re­grouped, com­ing back with a solid ef­fort and a 3-0 win over Ripon Chris­tian on Aug. 23.

Start­ing out the week in the Foun­da­tion com­pe­ti­tion, the Escalon var­sity squad fell 3-2 to Calav­eras with scores of 25-16, 15-25, 19-25, 25-16 and 13-15.

Han­nah Boyd paced the team with 37 as­sists while Me­lanie Smith had 12 kills and three blocks. Tess Cosby added 17 digs on the night.

“We played hard but we just made too many er­rors,” said coach Teresa Wil­liamson.

Host­ing St. Mary’s on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 22, the squad was shut out but all three games were close, the Lady Cougars go­ing down 2025, 23-25, 22-25.

“We played good ball and kept with St. Mary’s but just couldn’t close out a win,” noted the coach. “I was very proud of the girls and the heart they played with.”

Mandy Mur­phy had a big night with 11 kills and two aces, Boyd added 17 as­sists. Leila Phillips and Sage Davis had two blocks apiece. Cosby was busy dur­ing the match as well, with 11 digs and two aces.

In the sec­ond night of backto-back matches, the girls hosted Ripon Chris­tian on Thurs­day night, Aug. 23 and came away with a sat­is­fy­ing 3-0 shutout.

“Com­ing off a tough loss against St. Mary’s my girls came out ready to play,” Wil­liamson said.

They rolled Ripon Chris­tian in a 25-7 game one, then bat­tled the vis­i­tors in games two and three but took them both, 25-15, 25-20.

“We played flaw­less vol­ley­ball in game one and con­tin­ued to play great in games two and three,” added Wil­liamson.

Boyd notched 22 as­sists in the con­test while 14 kills each were recorded by Mur­phy and Smith. Smith led the team in blocks with six and Cosby had three aces.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

Host­ing St. Mary’s on Wed­nes­day, the JV Lady Cougars fell in 21-25, 18-25 fash­ion.

“Madi Faria served eight at­tempts and had two aces, Koren Ro­driguez had three kills at left front and Kai­ley Costa notched eight digs,” said coach Krys­tal Ro­driguez.

Much like their var­sity coun­ter­parts, the JV girls re­turned to the court the next night and got a win, shut­ting out Ripon Chris­tian 25-21, 25-18.

“Koren and Kai­ley both shared 13 digs apiece and the whole team has done much bet­ter at miss­ing less serves dur­ing a full match,” Ro­driguez ex­plained. “They’ve gone from miss­ing 12 in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son to only miss­ing four, which says a lot. I pre­dict that num­ber to be even lower not be­cause they’re good servers but be­cause they have the fight­ing spirit and po­ten­tial to be great.”

Get­ting a split of the con­tests made for a de­cent week, said the coach, espe­cially with the squad com­ing to­gether for a strong ef­fort on Thurs­day.

“We try and learn every time they take the court. Whether they’re play­ing or not they need to be tak­ing some­thing in from the match ei­ther in their own po­si­tion or in some­one else’s,” Ro­driguez said. “Each game they play they’re get­ting a lit­tle bit bet­ter at know­ing how each and every one works on and off the court. This week we’ll be work­ing more on fin­ish­ing the play and win­ning the point.”

In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the fresh­man game against St. Mary’s was not avail­able at press time.

This week, the teams will play on the road, go­ing to Tokay on Thurs­day, Aug. 30 and then to Lin­den on Tues­day, Sept. 4. Trans-Val­ley League ac­tion for the squads starts with a home game on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5 host­ing Hil­mar. Fresh­men start off the matches at 4:30 p.m., with JV at 5:30 p.m. and var­sity at 6:30 p.m.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

At the net, var­sity play­ers Me­lanie Smith, left, and Han­nah Boyd go up for the block as the Ripon Chris­tian player sends the ball back over in non-league com­pe­ti­tion Thurs­day, Aug. 23. Escalon won in three at the var­sity level with the JV girls win­ning 2-0.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Libero Tess Cosby lines up the dig and gets the ball to her set­ter dur­ing Thurs­day night ac­tion against Ripon Chris­tian on the home court. The var­sity girls were 3-0 win­ners.

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