Volleyball: Wolf Pack goes the distance
by Bob Brownne
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The West and Tracy varsity volleyball teams went the distance in crosstown action on Thursday, Sept. 6, at West High’s Steve Thornton Gymnasium.

West won it 3-2, with game scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 12-25 and 15-12.

In nearly every set, each team was able to come from behind to make it close, with both building extended rallies going.

West senior middle blocker Joelise Bondo said her team just had to relax and concentrate on making accurate shots.

“Coach (Christine Toon) told us to be aggressive,” Bondo said. “We started to lose focus, so she told us to calm down, but get aggressive.”

West senior setter Kalani Vaughns added that many players on the two teams have played together on club teams, so they know one another’s abilities. Vaughns said that helped overcome a strong Tracy High team.

“They’re really, really good, so us playing them and us beating them, and fighting all the way to the end, gives me confidence that we can beat anybody in the league,” she said.

West had the advantage for most of the first set, with Bondo and Vaughns in control at the net. Tracy twice tied it up on strings of service points from Casey Eddy and Kimberly Paschal.

The second set stayed close until Tracy’s Michelle Laiolo came to the service line for a series of points to put the Bulldogs in the lead. Shots at the net from Paschal, Mika Fithian and Jill Finney put Tracy ahead at the end.

Teams were close again in the third set. West pulled ahead on a series led by Analyssa Eclevia. Tracy’s missed shots prevented the Bulldogs from catching up.

Tracy then took and kept the lead through the fourth set, again with Fithian and Laiolo leading the way in service points.

Teams played a close fifth set until West’s Bea Payumo served for a series of points, and West got strong play at the net from Vaughns, Bondo and Kate Bell.

Vaughns was West’s scoring leader for the night with 15 kills and 23 assists. Bondo had 11 kills and six blocks, Eclevia had 24 digs, Megan Toon had six aces and Bell had five kills and seven digs.

Leading the way for Tracy was Fithian, with seven kills and 28 assists. Finney had nine kills, Jurado had seven kills, Laiolo had six aces, Paschal had five kills, Casey Eddy had 13 digs, and Angela Mariani had nine digs.

Tracy won the sophomore match 2-1, with scores of 17-25, 25-16, 15-10.

West players Sierra Duggan and Kaylah London each had three kills and two aces. Tracy’s statistics were not reported.

Tracy also won the freshman match 2-0, with scores of 25-18, 25-16. Katie Amaral and Kaylah Jenkins led the Bulldogs in service points.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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