The Chowchilla Redskins (14-9, 4-0) brought their unblemished North Sequoia League volleyball record to Oakhurst Oct. 17. The Redskins took three of four sets from the Badgers (4-14, 1-3) to remain in the league lead.
Chowchilla, led by first year coach Shu Liu, a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, won the first, third and fourth sets 25-19, 25-17, 25-19, respectively for the win. Yosemite won the second set 25-21.
"I was happy the way our girls fought, especially in the fourth set when we fell behind 9-3, and fought back to win the set," said Liu.
Yosemite's senior Page Peterson had 21 assists in the game and 6-foot-2 junior Taylor Burrall had eight kill shots and blocked several Chowchilla shots. Jensen Eames and Lauren Ecklund each added seven kills.
"I'm pleased with how we played against Chowchilla," coach Sonja Mazaira said. "The girls fought hard. Lauren (Elkhound) had an amazing game, exceeding all of the goals we set for the match. Jensen (Eames) also had one of her best matches of the season. She made all of her serves and was the strength of the team on serve receive."
On Oct. 15 the Badgers beat Washington Union in Easton in five sets.
After losing the first set 25-20, Yosemite won the second set 26-24. Union came back to take the third set 25-19 and Yosemite made it two sets each by taking the fourth set 25-20. The Badgers won the fifth set (16-14) and their first league victory.
Eames again had a strong game with eight stuff blocked shots and seven kills.
The team played Sierra at home Tuesday. Scores were not available at press time. The game also served as team member Peterson's senior project "Fight Like a Girl" to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. As part of their commitment to helping bring awareness to breast cancer, the Badger volleyball team wore pink, as did many members of the audience.
The team opens round two of league play tonight (Thursday) in Kerman.
JV team undefeated
The Badger JV team (6-2, 4-0) remained undefeated in the NSL by beating both Chowchilla and Washington Union last week.
"We have a strong team with some talented players," said coach McKenzie Cox. "Dianna Dieback, Shelby Biscaglio, and Kelley Wynn have been our team leaders and are playing well."
Yosemite beat Chowchilla in two close sets with the identical 25-23 score.
Dieback had nine sills in the game and Biscaglio had 33 digs on defense along with four ace serves. Taylor Schaeffer had five kills on the night.
After losing the first set 25-19 to Washington Union, the team won the next two sets 25-20 and 15-10 to take the game.