Volleyball drops two last weeks

Liberty takes over league lead

Brian WilkinsonNovember 7, 2012 

The Yosemite High volleyball team (13-6, 6-4) took themselves out of contention for a North Sequoia League championship last week losing games to Chowchilla (21-10, 7-3) and Sierra (16-9, 8-2).

The Badgers entered the week tied for first place with Chowchilla and Sierra, all with identical 6-2 league records, but that all changed by the end of the week.

With Yosemite losing two, Chowchilla losing their second game of the week to Liberty-Madera Ranchos (14-14, 7-3) and Sierra beating Washington Union in their second game of the week, the Chieftains took the league championship with an 8-2 record..

With wins over Kerman and Chowchilla, Liberty moved into second place at 7-3.

On Oct. 30, Chowchilla visited Yosemite and after losing the first match of the game 25-20, came back to take the next three games 25-19, 25-12, 25-19.

Paige Peterson had 11 assists, Dahlia Lopez had eight kills and Analiese Bayt had 14 digs in the game.

For Chowchilla, Michelle Umphenour had 25 assists, Sam Seals had eight kills and Nicole Orozco had 11 digs and four ace serves.

Chowchilla coach Tauheedah Smith said her team started the match a little timid due to some line-up changes caused by a couple players being sick.

"Once the girls got comfortable in their their positions, they played much better in the second and third games," said Smith.

On Nov. 1, Sierra came to Oakhurst and like Chowchilla, were beaten by the Badgers in the first game 25-15, only to come back and take the next three games 25-22, 25-19, 25-22.

The team will play Exeter in the first round of the Central Section Div. III playoffs.

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