Volleyball: West holds tough against Kimball for win
by Bob Brownne
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The West High Wolf Pack kept their composure through a hard-fought varsity volleyball match with the Kimball High Jaguars on Sept. 12 at West High, claiming a 3-1 victory.

West (6-4)  beat Kimball (3-3) with set scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15.

“I have such a young team, it’s about getting comfortable and making it move smooth,” West coach Christine Toon said. “Getting to know each other has been the key.”

West sophomore Sarah Weaver helped the Wolf Pack seal the win in the fourth set. Neither team managed more than a 2-point advantage until Weaver stepped to the service line and led West on a 10-point scoring run, including two aces.

“It’s not about acing the ball. It’s about getting the ball over the net,” Weaver said. “You just want to play the game you know.”

In the first set, West made some early mistakes but overcame them as senior Merinesa Saaga and sophomore Kaylah London provided coverage at the net and senior Megan Toon made the shots that put West ahead.

The second set, too, was close at first. Kimball’s hitting errors left the Jaguars trailing the Wolf Pack until Kimball sophomore Sarah Nunes led from the service line for a string of points. Senior Iris Nelson scored a couple of kills for the Jaguars and junior Haley Shuey made shots at the end for the set win.

“They kept up their fight,” Shuey said of her Kimball teammates. “We had our ups and downs and just have to stay consistent.”

West’s Saaga,Londonand junior Kate Bell blocked and made shots that gave West the advantage at the end of the third set, andLondonmade some key shots at the end of the fourth set.


Millennium 3, Elliot Christian 1

Millennium High’s volleyball team took an early advantage in the Central California Athletic Alliance with a 3-1 win over Elliot Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Tracy High.

The Falcons (2-6, 1-0 CCAA) regrouped after a losing the first set to win the match 17-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-12.

Senior Morgan Johnson scored eight aces from the service line, senior Bethel Zelalem scored six aces and four kills with nine assists and junior Erin McKague had four aces, six kills and seven digs. Senior Madison Carroll contributed nine assists, four aces and seven digs.


Tracy3, Sierra 0

Tracy High’s volleyball team (3-1) won a pre-league match as the Bulldogs swept Sierra High at Sierra 25-14, 25-17, 25-7, on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Junior Mika Fithian led the Bulldogs scoring effort with four aces, six kills and 11 assists. Junior Casey Eddy-Berry had 14 digs, junior Michelle Laiolo had six aces, seven assists and five digs, and sophomore Grace Murphy had six aces and four digs.

It followsTracy’s 3-0 win over visiting Edison Vikings, 27-25, 25-20, 25-10, on Sept. 12. Fithian had 10 assists, Laiolo had seven aces and seven assists and Murphy had six aces and four kills.


Tioga 3, Delta Charter 0

The Delta Charter volleyball team traveled to Groveland to face Mountain Valley League opponent Tioga on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Dragons (2-3, 2-2 MVL) faced a Tioga team (2-4, 2-2 MVL) that was tough from the start, with the Timberwolves winning with set scores of 25-6, 25-11, 25-20. The Dragons’ leader from the service line was junior Samantha Lillak.

The Dragons also had a 3-2 win at home on Sept. 12 over determined Don Pedro team. Delta Charter won with scores of 25-15, 25-15, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12. Junior Emma Richardson made three kills and sophomore Dominique Kahoonei scored three aces.


West 3, Manteca 1

The Wolf Pack volleyball team stayed persistent at the net to win a pre-league match against Manteca High on Monday, Sept. 16, at West High.

West won it with scores of 25-13, 18-25, 25-12, 25-22. Sophomore Kayla London and senior Merinesa Saaga were tough at the net and at the service line in the third set, and juniors Kate Bell and Jeanette Villalovos led West to a win in the fourth set.Londonhad six kills and four aces,Bellscored five kills and four aces and Saaga scored four kills and two aces.


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