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West Ranch volleyball searches for standard

West Ranch sweeps, but feels it could do better

Posted: March 27, 2013 9:47 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 9:47 p.m.

West Ranch's Brenton Scott (42) blocks a shot by Canyon's Andy Kern (17) at Canyon High on Wednesday.

 

West Ranch Wildcats boys volleyball is on a mission this season.

To accomplish that mission, which is to win the Foothill League, it’s a team that sets a very high standard for itself.

West Ranch beat the Canyon Cowboys 3-0 by tight scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20 on Wednesday at Canyon High School, but all the Wildcats weren’t ecstatic with the way they played.

“We need to play up to our level because once we get into that rhythm, it’s really easy,” said West Ranch junior Andrew Dieterle, who finished with seven kills.

Senior Tanner Skabelund led West Ranch with 16 kills and six aces.

But for most of Wednesday’s match, it was anything but easy for the Wildcats (13-6 overall, 2-0 Foothill League).

Led by a spirited performance from outside hitter Lance Ayson, Canyon (8-5, 1-1) rallied to a 16-13 lead in the opening game.

Following a timeout, the Wildcats fired back with a 7-1 scoring run to take a 20-17 lead. It was just enough of a cushion to give West Ranch the first game.

“It just wasn’t enough,” said Canyon head coach Brandon Johnson. “Volleyball is a momentum game. We didn’t always have the momentum on our side.”

Ayson led the Cowboys with eight kills, but all of them came in the first two games. Setter Andy Kern had 15 assists and three aces for Canyon and Noah Ozuna chipped in with 10 digs.

West Ranch had to overcome 19 service errors and 49 total unforced errors in the match before eventually pulling away in game three.

“We know we have so many athletes,” Dieterle said. “We have so much talent, so much potential. We just need to live up to it.”

Wildcats senior setter Christian Cayabyab added 37 assists in the match.

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