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Vikings sweep; how novel

Valencia girls stay unbeaten after breaking Hart in three

Posted: October 23, 2008 8:20 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Viking players Katie Hank (18) and Christina Worth (3) rise to block a ball during Valencia's three-game sweep at Hart High on Thursday afternoon.

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Hart faced an uphill battle Tuesday in keeping pace with the top three teams in the Foothill League.

At home against the six-time defending Foothill League champions, that battle turned ugly in a three-set sweep of the Indians by Valencia. It was the third sweep this season by VHS.

The Vikings conquered another opponent, 25-14, 25-19, 25-14, to stay undefeated at 6-0 in league play (9-6 overall).

As for Hart, it is fourth in league at 2-4, while third-place Saugus is 4-2.

"We have to beat them (Saugus) to tie for third," Hart head coach Mary Krisan said. "If we beat them in four, that would be to our advantage."

On Tuesday, Saugus beat Hart in five games. The rematch is Nov. 6 at Hart.

Valencia hitters Shelby LeDuff and Katie Hank hammered away kill after kill to pace the Vikings. Christina Worth led the squad in assists. Nicole DeLange was another weapon with a few more kills.

Hart hitter Jennie Long led the team with four kills. Setter Casey David finished with four assists.

Saugus 3, Canyon 0
Two Saugus players who are approaching team records stood out Thursday, in a 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 win over Canyon.

Outside hitter Katie Estes had 17 kills, which put her 17 behind her own record of 350 season kills. At 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Estes has a shot at tying or breaking her own mark. She also had four aces.

Freshman hitter Jaclyn Clark, who hit 11 kills and finished with 13 digs, is 57 digs away from breaking the record set in 2007.

Saugus setter Alyssa Terwall passed out 35 assists.

"That's pretty amazing for a freshman," Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose said. "She needs to average about 10 digs per match, and she's averaging around 14. She has a good chance of passing it by the end of the year."

Brigitte Mayes had 10 digs and five aces.

Canyon's Courtney Longshore led the team with six kills.

West Ranch 3, Golden Valley 0
With a powerful performance after its only loss in Foothill League play, the West Ranch Wildcats gashed Golden Valley to keep pace with Valencia.

The Wildcats beat up on the Grizzlies, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21, to stay in second place at 5-1.

Valencia lost an intense match at Valencia in five games.

"We're trying to get back on track for the second half of league," West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks said. "It's always tough to recoup after a close loss like that."

Megan Futch and Sophia Burns both finished with 11 kills for West Ranch (12-7-1 overall). Allison Summers added 10 kills, 13 digs and five aces. Lauren Shephard finished with 19 assists.

West Ranch plays its next match at Canyon, while Golden Valley hosts Hart.

Both matches are at 5:15 p.m.

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