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CIF volleyball playoffs: Vikes finally get burned

Foothill League champion Valencia loses in the second round of Div. IA seco

Posted: November 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

For the second match in a row, the Valencia girls volleyball team showcased the kind of inconsistent play that makes it hard to win in the postseason.

But unlike their CIF-Southern Section Division IA first-round win over Flintridge Sacred Heart on Tuesday, the Vikings paid the price on Thursday as Canyon of Anaheim won 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22 in the second round.

“Without a doubt the last two matches have been very much out of character from what we’ve seen all year,” Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez said. “But a lot of credit to the teams that we played. Canyon was the better team tonight.”

The usual suspects stepped up for Valencia, as Sierra Sanchez led with 18 kills and added three aces and 21 digs. Delaney Knudsen had 14 kills, 13 assists and 19 digs. Lindsey Knudsen added seven kills and led with 24 assists and 10 digs. Kaitlyn Uythoven and Emily Bible each had 16 digs.

The Vikings (25-11) had a chance to even the match after being overwhelmed in game one. Valencia took a large lead but allowed the Comanches (20-9) to come back and put them in a 2-0 hole.

Twice during the match Valencia allowed scoring runs of at least 10-0.

“It’s almost impossible to give up 10 points in a game and have a chance to win it ... It’s really hard,” Ray Sanchez said. “It’s unreasonable to expect a team to be able to do that. Especially in the second round of the playoffs.”

The match wasn’t the only thing Valencia lost on Thursday night.

After winning its 10th Foothill League title in 11 years, the Vikings will watch their top four kill leaders graduate.

Delaney Knudsen (361 kills on the season) and Sanchez (355) accounted for over 700 of the team’s approximately 1,200 kills this season.

“That’s a big deal,” Ray Sanchez said. “As a matter of fact, with our other two seniors Kellie Kleszcz and Hayley Knapp another 250 kills are gone, 950 of 1,200 kills. There will be a big hole offensively.

“We have some really good, young talented players in the program this year. I’m sure some of those kids will step up — they’re going to have to.”


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