View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


West Ranch regroups, tops Saugus

Wildcats open Foothill League season with second straight victory

Posted: October 8, 2009 10:59 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2009 4:30 a.m.

West Ranch sophomore Angelica Rutledge, middle, hits the ball Thursday against Saugus at West Ranch. The Wildcats won 2-1.

West Ranch girls volleyball dropped the first game, but responded by winning three straight to beat Saugus 3-1 on Thursday at West Ranch High in a battle of two potential Foothill League title contenders.

Following the Centurions’ 25-21 win in the first game, the Wildcats came back 25-15, 25-18 and 25-16.

West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks said his team was taking it one match at a time this season, trying to avoid the error they made last year of focusing too much on one opponent.

“I made the mistake last year of focusing a little bit more on Valencia than the other teams, and last year, Saugus beat us in five games,” Sparks said. “This year, we are taking every match seriously. We focused on Valencia. We finished Valencia and we focused on Saugus.”

Last year, West Ranch (13-3, 2-0) finished second in the Foothill League and Saugus (12-5, 1-1) third.

In first game, the teams traded points until Saugus capitalized on West Ranch miscues and broke off a six-point run late to open up a 24-19 win.

Three points later, the Centurions closed out the game.

“The girls did come out slow in the first game and they know that against good teams they’ve got to pick it up, because as you saw, they took away Game 1 from us pretty much with ease,” Sparks said. “I’d say it was because we committed as lot silly errors.”

The Wildcats opened up a wide lead early in the second game and were led by strong play at the net by senior outside hitter Allison Summers and junior middle blocker Bree Braucher.

Summers led the team with 25 kills and 11 digs, while Braucher recorded 13 kills.

In game 3, West Ranch built a 20-9 lead after a nine-point streak with junior libero Shelby Kunz serving.

Kunz had four aces and 21 digs on the night.

The Wildcats’ aggressive play continued in the fourth game, but the Centurions wouldn’t let up.

However a final kill from Summers closed out the match for West Ranch.

“They were willing to make errors in order to keep us off balance and it worked,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose.

The Wildcats also got 50 assists from junior setter Tani Slauson, as well as seven kills and six blocks by senior middle blocker Courtney Cessna.

The Centurions were paced by 10 kills and seven digs from sophomore outside hitter Jaclyn Clark, 10 kills and four blocks by sophomore Sarah Blomgren, 30 assists from freshman setter Ashley Guthrie and 11 digs by senior Courtney Ashburn.

“We have two years of varsity experience,” Ambrose said of his young team. “We are going to win some games and we are going to show our youth and make some errors, and I think that is what happened.”



Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.

Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...