Mustangs soundly defeat Badgers in volleyball

editorial@sierrastar.comSeptember 17, 2013 

The Yosemite High volleyball team (2-5) traveled to Minarets High (9-0) Sept. 10, and were beat in three straight sets — 25-9, 25-16, and 25-15.

The Mustangs, coached by Karra Zamora, are working towards a second sectional championship this season. They are currently ranked No. 1 by the Fresno Bee in Division V.

Minarets dominated the game against Yosemite with senior Taylor Meyer serving six unanswered points in the first set.

"I was very proud of our play," Zamora said. "We have been conditioning since July and it's nice to see it pay off. We are looking forward to league play starting."

"The Minarets match was a disappointment for us, but I give credit to Minarets for playing strong," said Yosemite coach Sonja Mazaira. "Although I wish we could have brought our "A" team to the match because I know we are a stronger team than the one that showed up that night. We got off to a bad start, and as hard as they tried, they couldn't get out of the slump they were in."

Last weekend the Badgers played in the Mammoth Tournament, placing second in their bracket on Sept. 20. The team lost two close matches on Saturday to be eliminated from the tournament.

"The girls played hard both days," Mazaira said. "All of the girls were able to see plenty of playing time. Katie Sikora was digging balls all over the court and did a great job this weekend. Taylor Burrall had a few amazing kills. Sarah McKissack played well all around and was very consistent in her offense contributing to our first day wins."

Mazaira also noted Jensen Eames had very consistent serves throughout the tournament for the Badgers.

"The Mammoth Tournament is a great time to bond as a team," Mazaira said. "We look forward to it every year. The players are stretched in many different ways and I feel like it is a tradition we will keep for years to come."

The day before traveling to Mammoth, the team lost to Madera South .

"The girls played strong in that game and I feel they finally came together as a team," Mazaira said.

The Mustangs continued their winning ways as they played host to the Mariposa Grizzles Sept. 12, also beating them in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21. "Again, I was pleased with how we played against Mariposa," Zamora said. "We did a great job of serving tough and finding the holes in their defense. The girls are also becoming more mentally tough and recover quickly after they make errors. That's why I haven't needed to call time out all year."

July's player of the month for the Mustangs is senior Katie Grant, who continued her outstanding play with 11 kill shots, 11 digs, and 5 blocked shots against Mariposa. Meyer added 28 assists, along with 11 digs against the Grizzles. Sophomore Carlee Boomer played solid defense with 13 digs along with nine kills. Hallie Grant contributed three aces and five kills.

The Badgers host Immanuel at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26. JV game at 5 p.m.

The Mustangs travel to play the Chowchilla Redskins (2-1), Sept. 27. Game time is 6 p.m. with the JV game at 4:30.

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