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Foothill volleyball: ’Cats have their options

West Ranch uses balance to keep Saugus at bay

Posted: October 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch senior Amanda Dieterle (24) spikes the ball as Saugus tries to defend on Tuesday at Saugus High.

 

Even a team with a defense as good as Saugus girls volleyball couldn’t stop all the weapons on West Ranch.

The Wildcats used their versatile attack to pounce on Saugus early on the way to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday at Saugus High School.

West Ranch won 25-22, 25-17 and 27-25.

Though West Ranch (14-5 overall, 6-2 Foothill League) got contributions from its usual offensive options Sarah McGough and Alexis Clewis, it was the extra hitter Saugus couldn’t account for.

In this case, it was senior Amanda Dieterle, who had a match-high 13 kills at a red-hot .550 percentage.

“I’m trying to change my mind set,” said Dieterle, who also had 13 digs. “I was just saying, ‘kill it,’ and we’re trying to get the kill on the first try.”

She did that most of the match from the left side, and the usually stubborn Centurion defense couldn’t counter it.

With the win, West Ranch remains tied with Hart for second in the Foothill League with two matches to play.

Saugus (12-12, 3-5) can now finish no higher than fourth place in league, but is still in contention for a postseason at-large bid.

The Centurions had an uncharacteristic off night on the defensive end, struggling to deal with West Ranch’s mostly error-free play.

“Passing was off for us,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose. “We weren’t putting any pressure on them defensively so they were able to transition into system.”

In return, the Wildcats had a balanced attack with another 12 kills from Clewis and eight from McGough.

Five of Clewis’ kills represented the last five points West Ranch scored in the match.

Down two games to zero, Saugus held a 24-21 lead in game three with multiple chances to close out.

Clewis slammed home four straight kills to give the Wildcats a 25-24 lead before the teams traded side-outs.

One last time, Clewis put the ball away to finish the deal for West Ranch.

“The girls had a nice little run to get themselves back in it and it started with Alexis,” said West Ranch head coach Gerrit Maxwell.

Though the Centurions led most of game three and had a chance to win it, West Ranch controlled the pace throughout the first two games.

Tough serving kept Saugus off balance and limited the opportunities for outside hitters Hannah Nua and Amy Buffham.

Nua led Saugus with 11 kills and Buffham finished with six kills, while setter Ashley Guthrie ran the offense with 18 assists and five digs.

Wildcats setter Carly Carapella had 42 assists.

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