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Valencia v-ball rests its case

Posted: October 3, 2013 9:49 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2013 9:49 p.m.

Valencia's Makena Lautner spikes the ball as Golden Valley's Juliet Gunn defends on Thursday at Golden Valley High.

Valencia girls volleyball marched into Golden Valley’s gym, played three efficient games and then quickly shuffled out.

It was as straight forward as can be for the Valencia Vikings in a 3-0 win by scores of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-7 on Thursday at Golden Valley High.

“We were able to maintain our mental focus all night,” said Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez. “That was really our focus. we wanted to work on execution.”

Emily Burns had seven kills to lead the Vikings, who pulled most of their starters after the opening game.

And at this point in the season, that’s exactly what a young team like Valencia (9-3 overall, 2-0 Foothill League) needed.

“It was good to get people play time in different positions, and it was good to see what we had,” said Valencia outside hitter Lindsey Knudsen. She was coming off a 25-kill performance two days earlier in a league-opening 3-0 win over Saugus.

The Vikings followed that strong performance up with another dominating one over the Golden Valley Grizzlies (1-6, 0-2).

With its regular starting lineup in, Valencia scored seven straight points early to take 10-2 lead. That run included a stretch of four straight aces by Emily Bible, who tallied seven aces on the day to go with five kills.

Rachel Perez had 17 assist for Valencia.

With a mostly new group of players in for the Vikings in game two, it went back-and-forth for the first portion until Valencia settled in and went on a 12-1 scoring run to open up a 23-10 lead.

Golden Valley struggled on serve-receive throughout the match, allowing Valencia to serve a total of 17 aces.

The Grizzlies didn’t help themselves in committing seven unforced errors in the two final games.

Golden Valley libero Mariah Matteson had two aces and six digs.

“We’re trying to compete and not make errors,” said Golden Valley head coach Derek Saenz. “We keep saying teams are good, we don’t need to help them any more."


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