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Prep volleyball: Hart repeats performance

Prep volleyball: In second meeting, Indians rally to defeat Wildcats in five

Posted: October 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart High volleyball teammates from left, Maryah Richberg, Erin Indermill, Kathryn Cambra, Chase Tengberg and Amy King celebrate after scoring a point in the game against West Ranch at West Ranch on Tuesday.

 

It was a pressure-packed matchup last time Hart and West Ranch girls volleyball met in their Foothill League openers.

With much more at stake this time around, Hart repeated its performance by rallying to a five-game win on Tuesday at West Ranch High School by scores of 21-25, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24 and 15-7.

“We pulled it together in game five,” said Hart middle blocker Amanda Plante, who led Hart with eight blocks. “We’re a clutch team. We do well in game fives.”

The Indians, who beat the Wildcats by the same 3-2 score on Sept. 27, remain tied for first place in league with Valencia.

West Ranch came into the day in a three-way tie for first, but fell back to third with Tuesday’s loss.

Before Hart (12-4 overall, 5-1 Foothill) even got to a fifth game, it had to fight its way back in game four when the Wildcats (12-5, 4-2) appeared to have it in hand.

West Ranch won the first and third games and was in position to win the fourth when it built a 23-19 lead.

Hart responded with four straight points to tie it at 23-23, but a Sarah McGough kill put West Ranch in front 24-23 with a match-point opportunity.

The Indians fought it off with a Maryah Richberg kill up the middle followed by a double block to give Hart a 25-24 lead.

A West Ranch hitting error gave Hart the win and all the momentum headed into the fifth game.

“We let game four get away from us and they executed a lot better in game five,” said West Ranch head coach Gerrit Maxwell.

Led by a strong blocking effort by Plante, Richberg and Chase Tengberg up front, Hart dominated game five and limited West Ranch’s top hitters McGough and Alexis Clewis.

Clewis led with 21 kills and McCough followed with 13 kills.

Richberg finished with seven blocks and Tengberg ended up with five blocks to go with eight kills.

“Blocking was our weakness in the beginning of the match and we knew it was going to kill us if we didn’t get our blocking going,” Plante said.

It turned out in the final two games, blocking was exactly what gave the Indians an edge over the shorter Wildcats.

Kathryn Cambra led Hart with 18 kills and Amy King finished with 11. Libero Katie Baker was excellent on serve-receive and accurate with her passing as she tallied 15 digs and three aces.

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