Clean Sweep Of Op­po­nents For Var­sity Vol­ley­ball Girls

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

A trio of hard fought non­league bat­tles went into the win col­umn for Escalon’s var­sity vol­ley­ball girls, as they de­feated East Union, Oak­dale and Tokay.

Against East Union, the Lady Cougars took a 3-1 win after fall­ing in the open­ing set, 25-27. They bat­tled back to rat­tle off three straight, 2520, 25-15, 25-14 to take the win.

Lead­ers in kills were Me­lanie Smith with 10 and Mandy Mur­phy right be­hind with nine.

Han­nah Boyd had 30 as­sists in the con­test while Smith added five blocks. Mur­phy and Meadow Naraghi each had four aces, Tess Cosby had 24 digs.

A match at nearby Oak­dale saw an­other fierce bat­tle, with the Lady Cougars ul­ti­mately tak­ing the 3-2 win. Scores were 15-25, 25-21, 1225, 25-23 and 18-16.

“We are play­ing well. We have a habit of start­ing slow; how­ever, they re­ally pick it up when it counts,” said coach Teresa Wil­liamson. “I would have to say they showed a lot of heart dur­ing the Oak­dale match. They never gave up and pulled out a huge vic­tory.”

Mur­phy notched 20 kills against Oak­dale while the as­sists leader was Boyd with 33. Smith had three blocks, Naraghi and Mur­phy each had two and Cosby added 24 digs.

Fi­nally, the girls took a 3-2 win over Tokay, again fall­ing to open the match but com­ing back to win. Scores in that con­test were 25-27, 25-18, 1425, 25-23 and 15-10.

Cosby had 29 digs on the night while Mur­phy had a stel­lar night with 20 kills and three blocks. Smith had three blocks and also notched 14 kills to go along with two aces. Boyd had 46 as­sists.

The var­sity girls were slated to travel to Lin­den for a Tues­day match, Sept. 4 and open up Trans-Val­ley League play at home host­ing Hil­mar on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5.

“That’s go­ing to be a tough match,” Wil­liamson said.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

The JV Lady Cougars fell on the road at Oak­dale on Aug. 29 in straight sets, 16-25, 2325.

“Oak­dale has al­ways been a great team to play in pre­sea­son,” said coach Krystal Ro­driguez. “They’re tough and com­pet­i­tive, ex­actly what we need right be­fore league starts. Play­ing this game shows us ex­actly what we need to work on, which we’ve been do­ing this week.”

The squad also faced off with Tokay in re­cent ac­tion, an­other tough op­po­nent. This time, it was a win for Escalon, 26-24, 20-25, 15-2.

“Yup, al­most a shutout,” Ro­driguez noted of the de­cid­ing game. “League starts this week and you can see the team is start­ing to reg­is­ter that. They’re play­ing harder and go­ing faster. Still work­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tion but that’ll come.”

Against Tokay, Koren Ro­driguez had four kills on 11 at­tempts from her left side hit­ter po­si­tion. Madi­son Faria had 12 as­sists and the coach gave her “ku­dos for serv­ing 10 out of 15 balls” in the third set.

“She ac­tu­ally made the (Tokay) coach call both of her time­outs, so need­less to say I’m very proud of her serv­ing con­sis­tency.”

Kai­ley Costa came in with 24 digs and “played an amaz­ing de­fen­sive game,” added Ro­driguez.

FRESH­MEN

Against Oak­dale on Aug. 29, the youngest Lady Cougars took a 2-1 win off the court. Scores were not avail­able at press time.

Ear­lier ac­tion saw the frosh girls take on St. Mary’s and they went to three sets with them.

“I will say that set one was a warm-up for us ... we lost 18-25,” ex­plained fresh­man coach Ni­cole Bianchi. “While that doesn’t seem like a ma­jor de­feat, the team was mak­ing a lot of sim­ple mis­takes. I will chalk it up to first home game nerves.”

How­ever, the girls came back stronger and more con­fi­dent in the sec­ond set and won 25-23.

“In set three, the team car­ried the same mo­men­tum but St. Mary’s out­hus­tled us and we lost 11-15,” Bianchi said. “Grace Fer­reira led in digs with nine to­tal and zero er­rors and she also led in kills with four to­tal kills.

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