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Foothill v-ball roundup: W.R. stays in the hunt

Posted: October 22, 2013 10:10 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2013 10:10 p.m.
 

Tuesday’s match mattered in multiple ways for the West Ranch Wildcats girls volleyball team.

Mainly it was a chance for the Wildcats to bounce back after suffering its first loss of the Foothill League season last week.

West Ranch did that in a big way, winning 3-0 over Hart by scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 at Hart High School.

In addition, the win keeps West Ranch (8-4 overall, 5-1 in league) one match behind first-place Valencia with a rematch between the two teams coming at the end of the regular season.

Given that, West Ranch head coach Gerrit Maxwell’s message to his team after Tuesday’s win was: “If you play like you’re capable of playing, we’ll do well against Valencia.”

Alexis Clewis led the Wildcats with 13 kills in the match, which helped West Ranch sweep the season against the Hart Indians (12-10, 3-3). Last year, those two teams finished tied for second in league.

“We’re a little bit in the hole at this point,” said Hart head coach Mary Keen, whose team sits at third place in league.

Corrine Holloway tallied 11 kills to lead Hart while teammate Brooke Boron added seven kills and Erin Indermill finished with 23 assists.

For West Ranch, Haley Lind had eight digs and setters Lindsay Kunz Haylee Fricke combined for 26 assists.

Valencia 3, Saugus 0

A sweep of Saugus keeps Valencia alone in first place and still unbeaten in league play.

The Valencia Vikings (15-8, 6-0) won the games 25-22, 25-15 and 25-14.

Julianna Dole had 28 digs for Saugus and her teammates Jessica Jimenez and Amy Buffham chipped in seven kills and six kills, respectively.

“Valencia did a good job keeping us out of rhythm, and we didn’t respond at times with the level of composure and character we normally expect from ourselves as competitors,” said Saugus head coach Eric Luckenbach.

The loss puts Saugus at 13-13 overall, 2-4 in league.

Canyon 3, Golden Valley 0

Sara Greenland’s 13 kills helped Canyon beat Golden Valley for the second time this season on Tuesday.

Canyon won the games 25-22, 25-20 and 25-15.

Senior Sayo Akao chipped in six blocks and three kills for Canyon (3-16, 2-4) and Hannah Wilken had 19 assists.

For Golden Valley, Juliet Gunn added five aces and five digs, Denver Spencer had six kills and Cherokee Cardriche tallied three blocks.

Golden Valley is now 1-10 overall, 0-6 in league.

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