The Minarets High School varsity volleyball team (10-3) has retained their Fresno Bee No. 1 ranking in Division VI after getting to the championship game at last weekend's Madera South Volleyball Tournament.
The team went 5-3 in the tournament, including a 18-25, 25-13, 15-13 win over Yosemite. The game was the first athletic match-up between the two schools.
On the opening day of the tournament, the Mustangs beat Dinuba 25-16, 25-16 while losing to Reedley (25-22, 22-15, 15-10) and large school Bakersfield High (25-11, 25-11).
Against Dinuba, Breanna Cairns and Jordan Smith had 5 kills each with Taylor Meyer providing 13 assists. Katie Grant had 14 digs.
In the Reedley game, Smith lead the team with 11 kill shots and 16 digs.
Grant lead the team against Yosemite with 8 kills and defensively Smith and Breanna Cairns had 12 and 9 digs, respectfully.
In the second day of the tournament, the Mustangs had three wins to advance to the championship match.
They beat Fresno Christian twice (25-16, 25-20 and 20-25, 25-21, 15-7) and easily defeated Coalinga (25-5, 25-12).
In the three wins, Smith accumulated 13 kills and 16 digs - Grant had 12 digs and 6 kills - Cairns contributed 12 kills - and Meyer added 25 assists, 8 ace serves and 6 digs.
The Mustangs lost to Chowchilla in the Bronze championship game (21-25, 25-13, 13-25). Cairns had 18 digs and Grant had 8 kills in the game.