Volleyball: Tracy delivers 3-1 win over Kimball
by Bob Brownne
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Crosstown volleyball match
Tracy High’s Jill Finney (left) and Samantha Gonzalez team up for the block attempt on the shot from Kimball High’s Iris Nelson during their match on Tuesday, Sept. 4.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Volleyball fans packed the bleachers at Tracy High’s Bill Swenson Gymnasium Tuesday to watch the Bulldog volleyball team defeat visiting Kimball High 3-1 in a series of hard-fought games.

Tracy (3-0) won the first set 25-19, and had the lead in the second set before Kimball (1-2) battled back, as the Jaguars’ Maddy McLauchlin tying it up at the service line. Kimball took the lead as Courtney Lewis made key blocks at the net for the Jaguar win, 28-26.

The roles were reversed in the third set as Tracy came from behind and tied it up on a series of points from service by Michelle Laiolo and Samantha Gonzalez and Fithian making blocks at the net in a 25-23 set win for Tracy.

The Bulldogs won the fourth set, 25-16, aided by a string of six service points from Casey Eddy.

“Eventually we stayed composed and worked as one team, and beat with one heart,” said Tracy junior setter Mika Fithian.

She had 25 assists on the night and also scored four aces. Eddy had 11 digs and three aces, Gonzalez and Kimberly Paschal had five kills each, Angela Mariani had eight kills and six aces and Jill Finney had nine kills.

Kimball libero ZaNiah Bradshaw protected her team from Tracy’s shots and kept the extended rallies going with 20 digs for the night. Lewis had six kills and Sarah Nunes had 10 assists.

“It’s our first year playing all together, so we’re working things out one by one,” Bradshws said. “We played a good game overall. After this game I think it’s going to be coming together pretty good.”

As is traditional for at least one crosstown game every season, the Bulldog boys soccer team showed up in its best green and gold to cheer on the Tracy girls.

“I love their support,” Fithian said. “Any support we get is amazing, so having them give us a hoorah is great.”

Tracy won the sophomore match 2-0, and also won the freshman match 2-0, with score of 25-16, 25-12.

Amador Valley 3, West 0

West High’s volleyball team took a preseason loss to visiting Amador Valley High of Pleasanton on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The Dons won with scores of 18-25, 22-25, 17-25. The top scorer for West was Joelise Bondo with six kills, five aces and three blocks. Kate Bell had five kills and an ace, Kalani Vaughns had 12 assists, three kills and six digs while Analyssa Eclevia had nine digs and two kills.

Tracy 3, Sierra 0

Tracy High’s volleyball team came out strong in the Bulldogs’ first home game of the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, beating Sierra High of Manteca in Tracy.

The Bulldogs swept Sierra with scores of 25-13, 25-13, 25-15.

Sophomore setter Michelle Laiolo was Tracy’s scoring leader with seven aces and seven assists, and she also served for nine-straight points in the second match.

“It was our first opening game and I can’t wait for the rest of the season,” she said. “We had a big crowd and it was really nice to see everyone supporting us.”

Sophomore libero Casey Eddy proved effective at making her shots from the middle of the court, and logged six kills for the night.

Eddy, a second-year varsity player, she was excited to get back into the energy of games on the Bulldogs’ home court.

“We talked a lot and worked together, and we moved our feet a lot,” she said.

Other leaders for the Tracy team included Mika Fithian with 12 assists, Kaeli Viera with four aces and Kimberly Paschal with three blocks.

Tracy won the sophomore match 2-0 with scores of 25-14, 25-15. Sierra won the freshman match 2-1, with scores of 25-11, 23-25, 15-16.

Santa Cruz 3, West 0

West High’s volleyball team took road loss in Santa Cruz on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Santa Cruz won it with score of 33-31, 25-22, 25-23.

Joelise Bondo led the Wolf Pack team with 11 kills and six blocks, Kate Bell has seven kills, an ace and four blocks, Kalani Vaughns had 25 assists, nine kills and 12 digs, and Analyssa Eclevia had 18 digs and three kills.

Sophomore and freshmen teams for West didn’t report scores.

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