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Foothill girls volleyball: ’Cats buoyed by run

West Ranch tops Hart after rallying in the third game

Posted: October 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

On Thursday afternoon at Hart High, the West Ranch volleyball team and the Indians appeared to be equals for most of the match.

The difference, though, came in a pivotal third game that saw the Wildcats dominate the Indians en route to a 3-1 victory.

West Ranch won by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-11 and 26-24.

Early in the third game, a controversial out-of-bounds call went against the Wildcats. It was the third close call of the match, after two went against West Ranch in the second game.

The Wildcats responded to the adversity, going on a 21-9 run to win the game.

“When games go wrong,” said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks, “they’ve got to just beat (the mistakes). They wanted it, it was motivation for us.”

In that third game, Hart head coach Mary Keen thought West Ranch beat her team in the most important of categories: the will to win.

“The difference with my team is when they lost the heart to win,” Keen said. “I have to wonder if they truly believe they are capable of placing high in league.”

The Indians (4-8, 1-2) came out to start the match like a team looking for a win, though. They dropped a close first game but battled back in the second, evening the match at 1-1 on an ace by Amy King.

King would finish with eight kills, while Cassidy Fitzpatrick added 24 digs and Sam Wiese led with 11 blocks.

“If there was anything (positive) that I saw, it was my team in game two tonight ...,” Keen said. “My team was here in game two.”

West Ranch (7-10, 3-0) responded in the third after the controversial call and won 25-11 to take a 2-1 match lead.

The fourth game, though, was another close affair, with the two teams finding themselves tied at 21 when West Ranch’s Amanda Dieterie took over.

She put away two kills and an ace to put her team up 25-24 before Hart sent the ball into the net on a return for the final tally.

For the Wildcats, the end result was positive.

Kill leader Angel Rutledge posted 14 kills with Sarah McGough adding 13. Kelly Spurling led with 23 assists, while Ellen Fowler had 21 assists and Danielle Thompson led with 33 digs.

“(Rutledge) was a big leader,” Sparks said. “Overall, she had one of her best matches of the season.”

The Wildcats will return to the court on Tuesday at home against Valencia.

Hart will have its next opportunity to get back in the win column on Tuesday when it travels to Canyon High.

“It’s just the daily grind,” Keen said. “You go back to work on the mistakes and you keep investing into them.”

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