The Yosemite High volleyball team (10-13, 3-1) were looking for a win at Chowchilla (17-18, 3-1) Oct. 11 to take sole possession of first place in the North Sequoia League. The team came up short after extending the Redskins to five games.
The Badgers defeated Washington Union (2-9, 0-4) on Oct. 9 at home (25-17, 25-8, 28-26) before travelling to Chowchilla. The loss to Chowchilla put Yosemite, Chowchilla and Sierra in a three-way tie for first place in the league with 3-1 records. Sierra beat Chowchilla in three games Oct. 2.
Yosemite has shown a lot of improvement after a slow start at the beginning of the season. With only one senior on the team, Dahlia Lopez, it looked like a rebuilding year for the program that has won numerous league championships in the school's history, but the team of late is playing well and fighting for the team title.
Last year's team was 24-17 overall and advanced to the Central Section semi-final round before losing to Clovis North.
The team travelled to Chowchilla to face the Redskins who entered the game with 16 wins. The two teams have shared the NSL championship the previous two years with identical 9-1 records after splitting games with each other.
Chowchilla won the first game of the match 29-27 and Yosemite took the second game 27-25. The Redskins took the third game 25-17 and the Badgers took the fourth game 27-25 to force the deciding fifth game which Chowchilla won 15-8. Chowchilla also won the JV game, giving the Badgers their first league loss this season. The team travelled to Liberty Tuesday and is at Washington Union Oct. 25. The Badgers are at home tonight, Oct. 18, against Kerman.
"We played out hearts out, but just couldn't get it done," Lopez said. "We are looking forward for their visit to our gym."
The league title could be decided when Yosemite hosts Chowchilla and Sierra on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.
Cancer awareness night Oct. 30
Yosemite's Danielle Troup is using the Oct. 20 Chowchilla game to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. Troup is doing the fundraiser for her senior project and is selling pink "Fight Like A Girl" t-shirts for the 6 p.m. game as well as providing t-shirts to all players. October is cancer awareness month.
A portion of proceeds from shirt sales will be donated to the Central Valley Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The $10 shirts can be ordered by calling Troup at (559) 765-5386 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For delivery on game night, shirts need to be ordered by Oct. 19.
There will be raffle prizes and a prize to the guy who wears the most pink to the game. Troup played volleyball at Yosemite for three years but sat out this year due to a job commitment.
"Breast cancer has been in my family and I wanted to do something to help the fight against the disease," Troup said. "I thought it would be a good idea to combine the fundraiser with my love of volleyball."