Cents tackle tall or­der

Prep girls v-ball roundup: Hart beats Golden Val­ley; Trin­ity earns 3-2 win

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Sports Editor

When Sau­gus vol­ley­ball en­tered West Ranch’s gym, they knew tak­ing on the de­fend­ing co-Foothill League cham­pion Wild­cats would be a tall task.

“For our team, I think ev­ery­body thought they were go­ing to come in and beat us,” said Sau­gus’ Grace Fer­gu­son. “I feel like we were kind of the un­der­dogs in this sit­u­a­tion.”

But by stick­ing to a plan and re­fus­ing to give up, the Cents took down the Cats 3-1 on Thurs­day at West Ranch.

Sau­gus (7-2 over­all, 1-0 in Foothill League) scored early and of­ten in Game 1 and never let West Ranch tie them.

The Cents saw a dip in per­for­mance af­ter the 25-16 win and lost the sec­ond game 25-21. In that frame, UCLA com­mit Al­li­son Ja­cobs found her groove for the Wild­cats (1-4, 0-1), blast­ing kills to keep Sau­gus at bay.

“It was re­ally not stop her but slow her down as much as pos­si­ble and in­crease our chances to score in tran­sit,” said Sau­gus coach Zach Am­brose of how his team han­dled Ja­cobs, who fin­ished the night with 22 kills.

The Wild­cats came nowhere near a lead at any point in Game 3, which the Cen­tu­ri­ons wrapped up eas­ily, 25-12.

Ja­cobs was able to tie Game 3 twice with a kill and Amanda Ros­siter had a late block to knot the game up at 24-all.

On the fi­nal play, the Cats clus­tered at the front of the net and were un­able to block one fi­nal Cents at­tack.

“It re­ally came down just to ex­e­cut­ing the game plan, serv­ing re­ally well and be­ing able to be bal­anced on of­fense and run dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” Am­brose said.

This year’s Cen­tu­rion squad is a breed­ing ground for com­pe­ti­tion, which trans­lates to a strong all-around per­for­mance on the court.

“We’ve got a lot of se­niors and then the ju­niors that are here play at a high level in travel ball,” said Am­brose. “And so there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion and so every day I prac­tice they go at it be­cause they know if they don’t some­body else will come in and take their spot.”

Caitlin Liebe fin­ished the game with 15 kills, while Fer­gu­son had 14 kills and five blocks for Sau­gus. Holly Piroli had 12 digs, Lau­ren Doan had six blocks and Gabby Schiesser had 52 as­sists. Chloe Nale added 13 kills and seven blocks.

West Ranch’s So­phie Bobal had 12 kills and Alex Miura had five aces.

Hart 3, Golden Val­ley 1

Game scores were 25-15, 25-18, 1925 and 25-19.

Zoe DiNardo had 13 kills and Ash­ley Cosey added nine for the In­di­ans. Shelby Grubbs had eight kills and nine blocks and Kylie Matt­son had 34 as­sists.

Hart next plays Va­len­cia at home on Tues­day and will be host­ing a “Kills for Can­cer” fundraiser to ben­e­fit Alyssa Cosey, who is bat­tling leukemia.

Hart is now 2-4 over­all and 1-0 in league. Golden Val­ley is 2-4 and 0-1.

Va­len­cia 3, Canyon 1

The Vik­ings got the win 17-25, 2523, 20-25, and 13-25.

For the Cow­boys, Sasha Thomas had 12 kills and Kyra Turner had six kills and two blocks. Laska Stan­ford had 25 as­sists.

Va­len­cia moves to 4-1 and 1-0, while Canyon is 4-2 and 0-1.

Trin­ity 3, Palm­dale Aero­space Acad­emy 2

The Knights (3-1 over­all, 1-0 in Her­itage League) won with scores of 25-19, 25-16, 21-25, 15-25 and 15-11.

Han­nah Cad­dow had 20 kills and seven digs and Kathryn Brooks added 27 as­sists and six digs.

Trin­ity will play in a tour­na­ment on Satur­day at Val­ley Chris­tian.

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Sau­gus’ Gabby Schiesser (99) tips the ball over the net as West Ranch’s So­phie Bobal (12), right, and Amanda Ros­siter (44), left, jump to block at West Ranch on Thurs­day.

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(Top) Sau­gus team­mates cel­e­brate a suc­cess­ful point dur­ing a vol­ley­ball game at West Ranch on Thurs­day. (Above) Sau­gus’ Caitlin Liebe (97) goes for a kill but is blocked by West Ranch’s Max­ine Osun­sanmi (22) dur­ing a vol­ley­ball game at West Ranch on Thurs­day.

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