Ea­gles fight for sweep

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY KARINA LOPEZ Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — The South­west High vol­ley­ball team worked out of a 7-1 open­ing-game deficit against Holtville High to come­back and beat the Vik­ings in straight sets here on Thurs­day night.

The meet­ing was the sec­ond matchup of the Im­pe­rial Val­ley League sea­son for both teams as they opened league ac­tion earlier this week.

De­spite the early 7-1 run for Holtville, the Ea­gles clawed back point by point to take the match 25-19, 25-15 and 25-12.

While the score would in­di­cate oth­er­wise, the match was a close one be­tween the two teams that in­volved long ral­lies and a loud home crowd that kept the vis­it­ing Ea­gles on their toes the en­tire game.

Help­ing South­west get back into the first game was sopho­more set­ter Erika Arel­lano, whose serv­ing nearly tied the game after pulling the Ea­gles within one, 7-6.

Holtville was able to take back the mo­men­tum and go up 12-9 be­fore South­west’s Made­line Jungers went to the ser­vice line and helped give her team the lead and an open­ing-game win.

The sec­ond game started sim­i­lar to the first as it also fea­tured a 7-1 open­ing run, yet this time it was South­west High that took the early lead with help from Tay­lor Moor­head.

Sim­i­lar to the Ea­gles, the Vik­ings nearly evened the score with help from Abby Gare­wal, who put the host team within one of the Ea­gles, 7-6.

The teams traded points un­til the Ea­gles be­gan to pull away after go­ing up 19-15 with help from left-handed server Sadriena Ro­driguez.

Ro­driguez is also the Ea­gles’ libero and held down the back row the en­tire match, earn­ing praise from Ea­gle head coach Lisa Hin­shaw.

“Sadriena had an amaz­ing pass­ing game, she re­ally did,” Hin­shaw said.

The Ea­gle coach said she was happy with her team’s per­for­mance and grit to come­back and hold off a strong Vik­ing team.

“This team is able to ad­just on the move, which is some­thing we were miss­ing last year,” Hin­shaw said. “This team also has great com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the chem­istry be­tween the girls is re­ally start­ing to grow. They trust each other and have re­ally started to bond and I think all of that helped on the court (Thurs­day night).”

While the Ea­gles are a young team, the re­turn­ing play­ers have var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence that showed in the closer mo­ments of the game.

“If we made an er­ror we’d just come to­gether and re­fo­cus and work to get back on track,” Ro­driguez said.

With the win the Ea­gles move to 2-0 in IVL and 7-3-1 over­all, while Holtville drops to 0-2 in IVL and 3-6 over­all.

KARINA LOPEZ PHOTO

The South­west High vol­ley­ball team cel­e­brates a block dur­ing an away vol­ley­ball match at Holtville High on Thurs­day night.

PHOTO

South­west High’s Skye Silva con­nects for a solo block against Holtville High dur­ing an IVL game on Thurs­day night. KARINA LOPEZ

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