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Valencia volleyball: Valencia rolls as Cowboys show promise

Canyon’s game 3 win something to build on in loss

Posted: October 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Valencia girls volleyball team made quick work of Canyon Wednesday at Valencia High School, defeating the Cowboys 25-13, 25-11, 24-26 and 25-12.

The Vikings (9-4, 1-1), coming off a 3-0 loss to Saugus on Sept. 27, bounced back quickly against Canyon, storming through the first two games behind the play of kill leaders Serena LeDuff and Sierra Sanchez, who finished with 10 kills apiece.

Stephanie Botten added four aces to lead the team and finished with 10 digs.

Canyon, a program trying to build under first-year head coach Brandon Johnson, showed promise in the third game when the Cowboys took an early lead and nearly led throughout before Valencia battled back to take a 24-22 lead.

The Cowboys scored the next four points to win the game, though, and pulled within 2-1 in the match.

“I think, from what I know, ... teams look at Canyon as a walkover team,” Johnson said. “Winning a game like that not only builds confidence but puts ideas in other teams’ heads. That’s big. It’s a little game, but it’s a big step for us.”

The Vikings, meanwhile, experimented in the third game with a different offensive set than they usually run.

“We made some changes and we went to a different offensive scheme. It’s something that everyone does, the 5-1. ... It’s a much more common offense,” said Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez. “Sometimes, if you’re not playing well you want to be able to switch and it not be a big deal.”

The Vikings, though, struggled with the new offense early in the game, allowing Canyon to take a quick lead before Valencia got things together late and had an opportunity to win the match.

Valencia’s next serve, though, went sailing into the net and sparked Canyon’s four-point run.

In the fourth game, things got back on track for the Vikings as they took an early 4-3 lead and never trailed again before LeDuff killed the ball for the match win.

“(Winning game four), I think it says we’re able to ... change it around and win by playing well,” Botten said. “They’re a great team and it was a good match.”

Morgan Fay led Canyon with 10 kills and four aces, while Andi Sinclair had 13 assists and Monica Bernal added 10 digs.
Valencia will return to the court at Golden Valley today and the Cowboys will match up at home with Saugus.


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