The Kimball High volleyball team added a win to the Jaguars’ Valley Oak League record on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Kimball High.
The Jaguars (5-4, 2-1 VOL) beat the East Union Lancers of Manteca 3-1.
Kimball coach Suzette Mendonca said that East Union (14-3-2, 2-1 VOL) was one of the teams that Kimball needed to beat in order to be a contender in the VOL.
“To go to playoffs we have to solidify third or better,” she said. “It’s like, take down the big houses, because we haven’t given them a run for their money.”
Kimball lost to Sonora 3-0 on Monday, Sept. 23, and faces another league leader when the Jaguars travel to Oakdale on Monday, Sept. 30.
On Wednesday the Jaguars kept the advantage most of the night, with set scores of 25-17, 25-10, 22-25, 25-18.
Senior Iris Nelson led the Jaguars at the net with 13 kills, including effective blocks and well-placed shots in the first set to give Kimball an early advantage.
“I think my team pulled together extremely well today,” Nelson said. “We can take any person, put them on the court, and we still work well together perfectly fine.”
Sophomore Kaylyn Smollack brought strong blocks to the net in the second set, and junior Sarah Nunes led the way from the service line, at the net, and also had 27 assists for the night.
The Lancers overcame their hitting mistakes to come from behind and win the third set, but Kimball dominated the fourth set as senior ZaNiah Bradshaw, with 15 digs for the night, defended against East Union’s shots while junior Amber Moody set up shots and senior Samantha Sanders slammed the ball past East Union’s defenses.
Millennium 3, Brookside Christian 0
The Falcons played two close sets against the Knights at Brookside Christian High on Tuesday, Sept. 24, before finishing the match in three sets.
Millennium won it with scores of 26-24, 26-24, 25-11. Seniors Madison Carroll and Bethel Zelalem each scored four kills and three aces and junior Perrillen Zuniga added five kills and four blocks. Sophomore Kelly Lee contributed six aces and 10 digs, junior Erin McKague had seven digs, three kills and two aces, and senior Morgan Johnson contributed five digs.
West 3, Chavez 2
The Wolf Pack came back from a loss in the first set, but was unable to finish off the Chavez Titans until the fifth set on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Stockton. West won it with scores of 16-25, 25-15, 25-22, 20-25, 15-4. Junior Kate Bell had seven kills, 18 digs and four blocks, senior Megan Toon had 10 digs and two kills, senior Merinesa Saaga had four kills and four digs and sophomore Kaylah London had four kills.
Hughes Academy 3, Delta Charter 0
The Delta Charter girls (2-4 Mountain Valley League) played close final set but still finished with a 3-0 loss at home to Hughes Academy of Stockton on Thursday, Sept. 19. Hughes Academy won it with scores of 25-15, 25-7, 25-21. Sophomores Katlin Good and Kiowa Bearfoot led the Dragons at the service line with seven aces each and junior Emma Richardson had six aces.
Tracy 3, Kimball 2
The Tracy High volleyball team (4-1) denied Kimball’s girls (4-4) determined comeback attempt on Thursday, Sept. 19.
The Bulldogs won the match 3-2 with scores of 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13.
Juniors Mika Fithian and Bekah DelaRosa each logged 11 kills for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Grace Murphy added nine kills, junior Michelle Laiolohad eight kills, and junior Casey Eddy Berry had 15 digs.
Junior Haley Shuey led the Kimball offensive effort with 11 kills for the night and junior Sarah Nunes had 21 assists. Senior ZaNiah Bradshaw had 22 digs.
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