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Wildcats spike way to sweep

West Ranch easily sweeps Crescenta Valley behind 27 kills

Posted: September 16, 2008 10:32 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

West Ranch put on a hitting clinic in a three-set, non-league girls volleyball victory over Crescenta Valley Tuesday night in Stevenson Ranch.

Wildcat hitters Allison Summers and Megan Futch both finished with nine kills, launching violent hits primarily from the left-side and middle areas.

The Wildcats leaped, tipped and smacked their way to 27 kills in a 25-19-25-21, 25-7 win.

"We're mixing it up a lot," West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks said. "We're committing fewer errors. Our offense is getting better because our passing is better."

The CVHS Falcons temporarily made a close match of it in the second game, taking an early 8-3 lead. But West Ranch went on a roll, rattling off 14 out of the next 19 points to stake a 17-13 advantage.

The Wildcats (4-2-1) won despite a few imperfections, like a rotation error, hitting their own net and slamming some hits long.

Summers finished it off with a big slam on set point that gave West Ranch the commanding two games to none lead. She had five of her nine kills in the first set.

"They really stepped up their game," Sparks said of Summers and Futch.

The third set featured little digging by Crescenta Valley and heavy hammering by WRHS volleyball players.

West Ranch came out with a 6-0 lead to open the set, which included two service aces by Sophia Burns, who had six kills.

The Wildcats went ahead 13-3 and 20-6.

Last season, Futch was the captain of the junior varsity team. Tuesday was the first match the senior was able to start in an entire rotation.

"As a team, I think our third (set) was one of our best," Futch said. "Our first two were up and down. As an individual, I could have done better."

Middle blocker Kayley Braucher put up two blocks, leading a defense that constantly got in the way of the Falcons.

"Our defense played really well," Sparks said. "It's one of our strong points of our team."

West Ranch's next match is at 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Knight.

The Wildcats junior varsity team beat Crescenta Valley, 25-21, 25-22.

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