Volleyball: Kimball spikes Weston Ranch in home match
by Bob Brownne
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After a couple close opening sets the Jaguars (2-3) fell into rhythm to win their first Valley Oak League match, 3-1, over Weston Ranch, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at home.

Kimball won it with scores of 29-27, 22-25, 25-20, 25-11.

“Coming from preseason, I notice that our team is very well put-together,” said junior outside hitter Iris Nelson. “We’re competitive and we do not like to lose, and we fight until the end. That’s what I like about my team. I’m blessed to have such a great team.”

After the extended first set the teams went into a closely contested second set, where they were never more than two points apart, up until the end when Kimball’s mistakes allowed the Cougars to take the lead.

Kimball came from behind in the second set on a series of service points from Vanessa Cerda, and the Jaguars also scored at the net with shots from Sarah Nunes.

The Jaguars quickly took control of the fourth set with Sam Sanders and Maddy McLauchlin at the service line and Nelson at the net.

Nelson had 11 kills for the night, McLauchlin had 25 assists, Nunes had six blocks and Cerda had five aces.

Millennium 3, Elliot Christian 2

The Falcon volleyball team (6-0) is on a winning streak to start the season, including the first Central California Athletic Alliance match on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Elliot Christian School in Lodi.

The Falcons won it with scores of 23-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-22, 15-13.

Morgan Johnson led the Falcons with eight aces and seven kills. Dejah Barney had five aces and four kills, Tayler Buchanan had 28 assists, and Erin McKague had 12 digs.

It follows a pre-league season during which the Falcons beat Latino Prep, Langston Hughes and Delhi, each 3-0.

Millennium also beat Gustine 3-2 on Aug. 30, and opened the season with a 3-1 win over Langston Hughes on Aug. 24.

West 3, Tracy 2

The West and Tracy varsity volleyball teams went the distance in crosstown action on Sept. 6, at West High’s Steve Thornton Gymnasium.

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

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

West senior middle blocker Joelise Bondo said her team just needed 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.

Tioga 3, Delta Charter 0

The Dragons (1-4, 1-3 Mountain Valley League) lost on the road on Sept. 6, to league rival Tioga of Groveland.

Tioga won it with score of 25-13, 25-16, 25-11. Leading the scoring effort for Delta Charter were Samantha Lillak with two kills and Charilyn Merrit with a kill and an ace. Kaitlin Good, Marcelina Rosario and Vanessa Sanchez also had kills.

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

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