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Valencia volleyball rolls to the quarters; Cats exit

Vikings hit the road to take second-round playoff win

Posted: November 13, 2008 10:52 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2008 4:55 a.m.

It was a tough go, but the Valencia girls volleyball team are back in the quarterfinals.

After three straight exits in the second round, Valencia's 3-1 road win in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs vaults them to the round of eight.

"It was a huge motivating factor for all five of our seniors," said Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez of the previous three exits.

The Vikings (21-9) won 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20.

Katie Hank had 17 kills and four aces. Shelby LeDuff made 13 kills and three aces and had 17 digs, Nicole DeLange made seven kills and Christina Worth had 45 assists. Lindsey Lawmaster added 17 digs.

Valencia trailed 14-9 in the second game before tying it at 14-all and later taking the frame.

The Vikings' run of nine straight points in the third game, giving them a 23-13 lead gave them even more momentum.

Valencia hosts Santa Barbara Saturday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Dos Pueblos 3, West Ranch 0
The West Ranch girls volleyball team lost in three sets to No. 1 seeded Dos Pueblos in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs 25-18, 25-20, 25-18.

Senior Sophie Burns led the Wildcats with eight kills. Junior Allison Summers had six kills.

It was definitely a tough draw for West Ranch, yet the Wildcats kept it close.

In the second game, Dos Pueblos went up 6-0 before the Wildcats stormed back with eight straight points.

In the end, the Wildcats' defense could not keep up with Dos Pueblos' precision.

"We'd be competing with them the whole time then they'd go on a run and get three, four straight points. They did it twice in each game and that was the difference," said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks.

The Wildcats will be losing six seniors from this squad, but their JV squad won a league title.

West Ranch finished the season 14-10 and won their first ever playoff match Tuesday against Calvary Chapel.

Summers, Isabelle Howell, Bree and Kayley Braucher and Courtney Cessna should allow the Wildcats to stay competitive next season.


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