Minarets still unbeaten in league play

Team ranked No. 5 in state in D-V

editorial@sierrastar.comOctober 29, 2013 

The Minarets High School volleyball team (21-3, 6-0 WSL) beat the Parlier Panthers (0-13, 0-6) on Oct. 22 in three sets, 25-2, 25-14, 26-24.

The Mustangs were honoring breast cancer victims during the game — a Senior Legacy Project for Katie Grant and Taylor Meyer.

"Playing volleyball is our passion, so joining the Side-Out Foundation in their fight for the cure was the best choice. We both have close family and friends that have struggled with breast cancer so taking on this fundraiser seemed right for both of us," Meyer said. "My aunt Darcy fought breast cancer from 2008-2012 ... she was one of four females in her family who lost their battle to breast cancer. She was to be my guest of honor at this event last year but was too sick to attend. This year, I honor her and her life, and know that she is looking down from heaven and smiling her amazing smile."

The Mustangs had special uniforms made for the match and also provided Parlier with "Dig Pink" shirts. Awards were given to the boy and girl most adorned in pink. All proceeds raised went to the Side-Out Foundation.

Mustang fans got a look at the Mustangs future starters as coach Karra Zamora sat a lot of her starters during the match. Taylor Meyer had 15 assist, along with seven aces. Katie Grant had nine kills and four digs, and sister Sami added two kills, an ace and a block.

On Oct. 24 the Mustangs traveled to Fowler, winning three of four sets, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23.

Fowler jumped out to early leads in every set and forced the Mustangs to work for each and every point.

"They had awesome servers and a very effective middle attack," Zamora said. "Our persistence and refusal to lose was evident. All our girls made clutch contributions at one time or another, including our bench, who kept our energy high."

Stats leader for the match was Kate Grant with 24 digs, 12 kills, and three blocks. Meyer had 35 assist and two aces while Hallie Grant added four aces and 12 kills.

The Mustangs are currently ranked 10th in the state in D-V play. They are well on their way to going undefeated in league and defending their 2012-2013 D-V Central Section championship.

The team hosts Riverdale and Fresno Christian this week. The 'Senior Night' game tonight (Thursday) will honor Katie Grant, Sadie Kubiack, and Taylor Meyer.

JV plays at 4:30 p.m. with varsity to follow.

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