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West Ranch volleyball downs Hart in Foothill opener

Controversial game four gives Wildcats 3-1 victory

Posted: October 1, 2013 9:32 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2013 9:32 p.m.

West Ranch outside hitter Alexis Clewis (28) spikes the ball past Hart defenders Brooke Boron (11) and Chase Tengberg (10) on Tuesday night at West Ranch High School. West Ranch won 3-1.

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Neither team was going to come out of Tuesday’s Foothill League girls volleyball opener with style points.

But with how tight the competition is with the top teams in league this year, a win is all a team can ask for.

The West Ranch Wildcats survived a contested and controversial fourth game to beat the Hart Indians 3-1 by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 27-25 at West Ranch High.

“There’s no real sunshine for me other than we’ll never turn down a W,” said West Ranch head coach Gerrit Maxwell.

It was an error-filled affair on both sides and it was a match that could have gone either way.

The Wildcats (4-3 overall, 1-0 Foothill League) took a 2-1 lead into game four, which for a moment appeared to shift in Hart’s favor when West Ranch was called for a rotation error that gave the Indians a 24-22 lead.

West Ranch argued the call, and the point was taken off the board. Hart’s lead was 23-22. The Wildcats followed with two points off a pair of Brooke Garelick kills and they later finished off the game on a Hart hitting error.

With the win, West Ranch takes the upper hand on a Hart team that tied it for second place in league last season.

Garelick finished with 17 kills and just behind teammate Alexis Clewis and her match-high 18 kills.

“We all got a little bit more aggressive and felt like we needed to win this game,” said West Ranch junior Alexa Hesseldenz.

As the most veteran team in the Foothill League, the Wildcats stood up in situations late in games to fend off the scrappy, but young Indians (6-6, 0-1).

“For us putting together what we have with a young group, yeah I would have liked to win, but we were pretty damn close,” said Hart head coach Mary Keen.

Hart was led by Corrine Holloway’s 13 kills and 14 digs. Clair Cansler added 10 blocks, five of them solo for Hart.

Holloway was the one who most consistently hit through blocks and found holes in the West Ranch defense. Her best performance came in game two when she landed seven kills to lead the Indians to their lone game victory of the night.

The unforced errors piled up for Hart, though, and that’s where West Ranch took the upper hand.

On the other side, the Wildcats mixed it up on offense with setters Haylee Fricke and Camille Kafesjian totaling 23 and 22 assists, respectively.

Both setters distributed the ball well to the Wildcats’ weapons.

dagnew@signalscv.com

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