Just over half way through the North Sequoia League season, the Yosemite High volleyball team is in a three-way tie for first place with Sierra and Chowchilla, all with 5-2 league records as of Monday. The league championship could well be decided this week as the Badgers hosted Chowchilla Tuesday (see sierrastar.com for results) and host Sierra tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m.
The Badgers beat Washington Union and Liberty last week.
On Oct. 25, the team beat Union 3-1 by winning the first two matches 25-23, 25-16. Union won the third match 25-21 before the Badgers closed out the game winning the fourth match 25-20.
Dahlia Lopez had 16 kills, four blocked shots, Page Peterson had 18 assists and Taylor Burrell added eight kills and four blocks. Annalise Baht contributed six kills on the night and Sarah McKissack had three ace serves and two kills.
"Taylor is really developing as a middle blocker," said coach Sonja Mazaira. "She is doing a good job at reading the hitters. As a young team (one senior) we are continuing to win matches and hold our own in league."
On Oct. 23 the Badgers defeated Liberty in five games.
Liberty won the opening game 25-20 and Yosemite took the second game 25-22.
Liberty then won the third game 25-16 and the Badgers came back to win the fourth game by the identical score, 25-16.
The fifth game had several lead changes before the Badgers won 16-14.
Lopez had 27 kill shots, five blocked shots and six digs. Peterson had 19 assists on the night, Breaunna Lewis had eight assists and Lauren Ecklund had four ace serves and four kills.
"Dahlia had one of her best matches this year," Mazaira said. "The team fought hard defensively and offensively all night long against Liberty. There were many long rally's during the close matches."