Volleyball team opens with two wins

-- Staff report

October 11, 2012 

The Yosemite High girls varsity volleyball team (6-10, 2-0) opend North Sequoia League play last week with wins at Kerman (3-14, 0-2) Oct. 2 and at home over the Liberty Hawks (8-11, 1-1) Oct. 4.

Against Kerman, the Badgers won three games (25-9, 25-22, 25-11) to Kerman's one (26-24) to take the match.

The Badgers won the first two games of the match against Liberty 25-23, 25-19 and Liberty came back winning the next two games 25-19, 25-22.

In the second game, the Badgers fell behind 17-8 but went on a 7-1 run to close the gap to 18-15 before getting the win.

In the fourth game, the Badgers fell behind 5-0 and were down 12-7 before going on a six point run to take a 13-12 lead. The teams traded points to keep the game close before Liberty scored three straight points for a 23-20 lead. Yosemite fought back with two points to make it 23-22 Liberty, before the Hawks scored the last two points of the game giving them the 25-19 win.

The Badgers jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the fifth and deciding game of the match.

A big stuff blocked shot by sophomore Taylor Burrall made the score 9-5 Yosemite and the Badgers added another three points to take a convincing 12-5 lead.

After four Liberty points, Yosemite's Lauren Ecklund scored on a hard shot and snuck in another point to give the Badgers the 15-9 win.

Dahlia Lopez, the only senior on the team, had 19 kills four ace swerves and 2 stuffs on the night.

Burrall added seven kills and four blocks while Lauren Ecklund had six kills and 13 point saving digs on defense.

Paige Peterson contributed 20 assists and Breeaunna Lewis contributed 12 assists.

Analiese Bayt and Katie Sikora had 16 and 14 digs respectfully.

The team continued league play against Washington Union Tuesday and travel to Chowchilla tonight (Thursday).

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