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Valencia v-ball sweeps Canyon

Vikings win third straight Foothill League match

Posted: September 28, 2016 9:51 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2016 9:51 p.m.
The Valencia Vikings girls volleyball team celebrates an ace at Canyon High on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal The Valencia Vikings girls volleyball team celebrates an ace at Canyon High on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
The Valencia Vikings girls volleyball team celebrates an ace at Canyon High on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Canyon High's Makela Lyons (13) goes for a kill during a home volleyball match against Valencia on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal Canyon High's Makela Lyons (13) goes for a kill during a home volleyball match against Valencia on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Canyon High's Makela Lyons (13) goes for a kill during a home volleyball match against Valencia on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Valencia's Kaelyn White (21), Kayla Konrad (32), and Lauren Shockley (11) jump for a block during a volleyball game at Canyon High on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal Valencia's Kaelyn White (21), Kayla Konrad (32), and Lauren Shockley (11) jump for a block during a volleyball game at Canyon High on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Valencia's Kaelyn White (21), Kayla Konrad (32), and Lauren Shockley (11) jump for a block during a volleyball game at Canyon High on Wednesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
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Valencia High girls volleyball swept the Canyon Cowboys, 3-0, Wednesday night at Canyon High School.

The victory is Valencia’s third Foothill League win in a row, giving them a 4-1 record in league play, and a 5-4 record overall.

“I thought we played well tonight,” said Vikings coach Ray Sanchez. “We gave them a couple points in the first game that I think we shouldn’t have, but overall it was a good night.”

The games scores were: 25-20, 25-17, and 25-16.

PHOTOS: Canyon hosts Valencia

The Vikings and Cowboys both played their second game in two nights to accommodate Valencia leaving for Phoenix, Arizona, to take part in the Nike Tournament of Champions.

Valencia took a 20-12 lead in the first game. An 8-5 Canyon run kept it interesting, but the Vikings pulled out the win.
Game two was tightly contested early with six ties and two lead changes.

Tied 15-15, however, Valencia outscored Canyon 10-2 to win game two 25-17.

The Cowboys, who were led by Sasha Thomas-Oakley’s six kills, Madison Martinez’s six blocks, and Denali Lyons’ 10 digs, took a 6-1 lead to start game three.

Valencia tied the score 7-7 and completed the sweep with a 25-16 game-three victory.

“We did some good things, but we had a lot of mental mistakes,” said Canyon coach Rob Treahy.

The Cowboys drop to 0-5 in the Foothill League and 1-11-1 overall. They resume league play on Oct. 6 when they take on the Saugus Centurions at Saugus High School.

Valencia was led by Lauryn Shockley’s 16 kills, Kiora Sanchez’s 19 assists, and Kelsey Knudsen’s 15 digs.

“I think the team really gelled,” Shockley said. “We communicated well and whenever we had an error, we’d bounce right back from it.”

The Vikings will begin the Nike Tournament of Champions on Friday, facing Mesa High School at 12 p.m. and Tri-City Christian School at 3 p.m.

They return and look to win their fourth Foothill game in a row on October 6 against the Hart Indians (10-5) at Hart High School.

Valencia senior Bri Coleman announced on Twitter earlier this week that she had verbally committed to Baylor University.

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