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Canyon pushes West Ranch

Despite strong Cowboy effort, Wildcats remain perfect in league

Posted: October 13, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The West Ranch girls volleyball team is talented enough to overcome a number of mishaps over the course of a volleyball match.

But the Wildcats had to earn every point in their 3-0 victory over Canyon Tuesday at West Ranch High School.

West Ranch (14-3, 3-0) won the match by game scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-14.

“For some reason, it’s been hard to get (the girls) to compete against teams we know we can beat,” said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks.

“We’re still trying to figure it out.”

Canyon’s effort kept West Ranch busy digging out potential forceful kills and chasing balls all over the court.

It’s just what Canyon head coach Brian Ingino wanted to see out of his young team.

“For us, it’s all about growth and improvement,” he said. “We’re getting that out of the girls.”

West Ranch built a healthy 18-9 lead in the first game, but Canyon gradually became sharper in its passing and cut the lead to 20-14.

The Wildcats regrouped and ended the first game with a powerful serve by libero Shelby Kunz that Canyon (2-9, 1-2) couldn’t handle.

West Ranch’s service game was a strength throughout the match, and  it kept the Cowboys off balance.

“Our serving worked well,” said West Ranch outside Hannah Orlandi. “We were trying to work on getting them in, and we got some aces off it.”

Orlandi and outside hitter Allison Summers each had 13 kills thanks in part to West Ranch’s strong serving, which produced shaky return volleys from Canyon and allowed the Wildcats to set up their attack.

The Cowboys took advantage of some sloppy play by West Ranch to keep the second game close for several points.

But Summers and the Wildcats began to assert themselves at the net and eventually began to pull away.

“Canyon hits off the block a lot,” Sparks said. “They have a different type of hitting from the middles. We’re not used to that.”

West Ranch’s serving began to shine in the third game, and Canyon didn’t help itself by committing several unforced errors early on.

Kunz continued her strong serving and helped the Wildcats build a 13-7 lead, and West Ranch managed to hold on from there for the win.

Kunz finished with five aces and nine digs, while Tani Slauson had 20 assists and Janelle Futch had 12 assists.

Sam Kaul’s five kills led Canyon, and Amanda Cardenas had 12 digs.

Khrista Prudencio recorded three kills and two digs before leaving the match for good following the second game due to injury.



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