The Minarets Mustangs volleyball team (11-2) prepares to enter league play this week defending their first D-V Central Sectional title and a favorite to add another championship banner to the gym wall.
Coach Karra Zamora's squad is playing with a purpose, recently going 3-0 against two D-III teams, Roosevelt and Sunnyside.
The team's two losses have been to D-IV Chowchilla.
In the Sunnyside victory (25-20, 25-21, 25-17), sophomore Carlee Boomer had eight kills and seven digs. Senior Katie Grant, one of three sisters on the starting squad, had four kills and two ace serves. Senior Taylor Meyer is on her way to the Mustang's record book for assists, adding 16 against Sunnyside.
The team beat Roosevelt 25-10, 25-15, and 26-16. Hallie Grant had seven kills and four aces sister Sami Grant recorded two blocks and three aces. Senior Sadie Kubiak had eight digs while Meyer recorded another 15 assists and three aces.
"I was satisfied with the way we played against Sunnyside," said Zamora. "The team has been really good at transferring concepts and strategies we emphasize in practice into games. I am also pleased with how we compete against teams even though we know nothing about them. I wish we would have played better against Roosevelt and given our fans a better show. Despite the win, I was a little disappointed."
The Mustangs, on an eight-game win streak, are No. 1 in the Fresno Bee's D-V ranking.
The team opens league play Oct. 15 as they travel to Fresno Christian (7-6). At 6 p.m. on Oct. 22, the Mustangs will host the Parlier Panthers (0-7).