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Indians, Wildcats recover quickly

Posted: October 29, 2009 9:51 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Hart girls volleyball needed this one.

The Indians bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Foothill League leading Valencia by defeating Golden Valley in three games — 25-7, 25-10, 25-5.

“It helped us rebuild our teamwork, which we had the entire season up until Tuesday,” said Hart head coach Mary Krisan of her team. “The girls lost sight of each other. We were able to talk about it and rebuild in this game.”

Hart went into Tuesday’s match against Valencia tied for first place, but the Indians were swept.

Krisan said her girls simply lost their patience in the match.

“The funny thing with my team is they’re all friends, but that particular (match), you wouldn’t recognize it,” Krisan said.

Hart had little trouble with the Grizzlies Thursday.

Breena Beckett led the Indians with nine kills and five blocks. Jennie Long added eight kills. Casey David had six kills and 15 assists.

Hart (11-3, 6-2) plays Saugus on Tuesday at Hart.

The Centurions, despite a loss to Valencia on Thursday, has been one of the hotter teams in the Foothill League of late.

Hart won the first matchup this season.

“They’ll have to learn to work as a team,” Krisan said of her Indians. “I’m not expecting anything like last time (against Saugus).”

Hanna Acree had seven digs for Golden Valley. Golden Valley (0-12, 0-8) plays West Ranch on Tuesday.

West Ranch 3, Canyon 0
Not only did West Ranch girls volleyball break it’s three-game losing streak on Thursday, the team also set a new varsity record for wins in a season, defeating Canyon 25-11, 30-28, 25-18 at Canyon High.

After consecutive losses to Hart, Valencia and Saugus, Wildcats head coach Nate Sparks said he needed to do something to get his team fired up again and find the fun in playing volleyball.

“I moved a few (players around) just to try to get some of the excitement back in the girls,” Sparks said.

For instance, senior outside hitter Allison Summers moved to setter for the first game.

She finished the game with nine kills, while teammate Hannah Orlandi racked up 10 kills and five aces. Bree Braucher and Courtney Cessna each had seven kills for West Ranch (17-6, 5-3), which after easily taking the first game, was pushed hard by Canyon in the game 2.

“While they were adjusting, we just kind of stayed consistent and stayed with them,” said Cowboys head coach Brian Ingino.

In the third game, Canyon (3-10, 2-6) found itself up 13-12, but West Ranch turned it on behind strong serving to close out the match.

Ashley DeYoung led Canyon with three kills and two blocks, and Amanda Cardenas had nine digs.

West Ranch, which travels to the Redondo Power Classic today and Saturday, hosts Golden Valley on Tuesday as league play continues, while Canyon hosts Valencia.


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