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West Ranch boys volleyball sweeps Alemany

West Ranch reaching the tail end of preleague play

Posted: March 14, 2013 10:32 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2013 10:32 p.m.

West Ranch's Thomas Basore (34) spikes against Alemany's Zachary Mendoza at West Ranch High on Friday. The Wildcats won 3-0. Photo by Dan Watson

 

For the West Ranch Wildcats boys volleyball team, it all starts with the serve.

That was as true as ever on Thursday night against the Alemany Warriors as West Ranch notched 21 total aces in a 3-0 sweep at West Ranch High School.

The Wildcats won by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-19.

“We work on it a lot in practice. It was a huge factor today,” said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks of the service game. “We tell them to go after it.”

That gameplan was showcased by West Ranch’s Ben Davis, who led the team with 18 digs and six aces.

“They played well. They served us off the court,” said Alemany head coach James Quaglino of the Wildcats.

The Wildcats (4-5 overall) cruised in game one, with senior setter Christian Cayabyab running the offense well and the combination of outside hitters Tanner Skabelund and Clay Burns playing well in the attack.

Cayabyab notched 30 assists, with Skabelund leading the team with 14 kills and Burns adding eight.

Things were tighter in the second game, as West Ranch ran in a larger stable of players to get experience, according to Sparks.

Alemany (4-3) took advantage, closing to within two late at 21-19.

But Cayabyab ended things on a deceptive dump over the net to give West Ranch the 25-21 win.

“It felt pretty good today,” Cayabyab said of the offense. “A little slow at the beginning, but it picked up.”

Despite ultimately dropping the game, Alemany carried its game-two momentum into the third, building a seven-point, 11-4 lead after a West Ranch service error.

The Wildcats went on a run of their own, though, scoring six straight points midway through the game to pull ahead 19-16.

Over that stretch, Andrew Dieterle was lethal with the serve, posting three aces.

Cayabyab picked up four assists down the stretch, including on the game-winner, which was slammed down by Brenton Scott to end the match.

“We really didn’t want to be down, but it was good to have a game where we came back from it,” Cayabyab said.

The Wildcats have one preleague test remaining, on the road at Camarillo on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before starting Foothill League play at Hart on Thursday.

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