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Prep volleyball: Vikes push Hart away

Valencia eliminates Indians from league title picture

Posted: October 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Valencia's Hayley Knapp (23), Kellie Kleszcz (15) and Lindsey Knudsen (71) celebrate a point Thursday at Valencia High.

 

With a chance to clinch at least a share of its 10th Foothill League title in 11 years, the Valencia girls volleyball team turned to a pair of sisters to get the job done.

Senior Delaney Knudsen and sophomore Lindsey Knudsen combined to account for 11 of the Vikings’ 15 points in game five of Thursday’s match against Hart. That gave Valencia a 20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 15-7 win at Valencia High School.

“All I knew was when we were in a groove, we could put it away,” Lindsey said. “Everything went right.”

After falling behind 2-1 when Hart took game three, 25-21, on an Erin Indermill kill, the Vikings pulled away midway through the fourth game to send the match to the deciding fifth.

Both teams showcased moments of brilliance during the match, with Indermill consistently setting up Kathryn Cambra and Amy King.

Indermill led the Indians (17-8 overall, 6-3 Foothill League) with 40 assists, while Cambra and King each notched 16 kills.

The trio helped Hart match Valencia (12-8, 8-1) point for point in game one, before the Indians took a 19-18 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“We were both back and forth with our moments of being inconsistent, and our moments of being great,” said Hart head coach Mary Keen. “And that’s what makes these games with Valencia so intense, because you don’t know sometimes who is going to win at the very end. It’s just who is most consistent, and who is strong mentally.”

On Thursday, it was Valencia.

Delaney Knudsen led the Vikings with 19 kills, 12 aces and 15 digs, while Lindsey Knudsen had 12 kills, a team-high 34 assists and three aces. Sierra Sanchez recorded 16 kills and 19 digs.

The Vikings work, though, is far from done.

They’ll play at West Ranch on Tuesday with the Foothill League title on the line.

If Valencia wins, it wins an outright league championship. If West Ranch wins, the two schools split the title.

“We don’t want to share a championship,” said Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez. “It’s in our control, and that’s what we want.”

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