Mustangs hope for state championship

editorial@sierrastar.comDecember 3, 2013 

The Minarets Mustangs (30-3, 10-0 WSL) got one step closer in their quest for a CIF state D-V title in volleyball Nov. 30, defeating Riverside Christian (22-9), in three straight sets (25-19, 25-9, 25-15) in the state quarter-finale match.

The team played La Jolla Country Day High School (22-12) Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to Saturday's 10 a.m. championship match in Anaheim. La Jolla plays in the San Diego Section Open Division where they placed sixth out of the eight team section. Results of the game were not available at press timebut can be seen at sierrastar.com.

The winner of the game will play the winner of the Branson (34-6) St. Joseph Notre Dame (32-9) game for the state title.

St. Joseph's finished fifth in Ti-County League play with a 7-3 record. Branson won the Marin County league title going 13-1.

Against Riverside Christian, coach Karra Zamora's Mustangs jumped out in front 6-2 in the opening set. Senior Katie Grant then stepped up to serve seven straight points behind some solid offense as well as defense. It was 18-9 before the Hornets called time out to regroup. It would be Riverside Christian's most competitive game of the match but in the end, not nearly enough.

Senior Taylor Meyer took the reins in game two that saw the Mustangs go up 11-0 before surrendering her serve.

Sophomore Carlee Boomer stepped to the service line and added another five straight points giving the Muatangs a 21-7 lead.

Game three was much the same as the Mustangs jumped out to a 7-2 lead and won 25-19.

"The games felt closer than they were," Zamora said. "They had the toughest left hander we have faced all year but we adjusted well — our digging was outstanding."

Hallie Grant led the team with nine kills, Meyer added 16 assists and five ace serves, while Katie Grant recorded 19 digs.

"We've exceeded our expectations, but my goal is to make it to the state final game," said senior Meyer. "Our dedication to hard work and conditioning is paying off."

"State finals is my goal," said Meyer.

Quarter final game

The No. 1 seeded Minarets High School volleyball team (29-3, 10-0 WSL) steam-rolled the No. 8 seed Calipatria High (15-10, 9-3-1) Nov. 26 on its home court in three straight sets, 25-8, 25-12, 25-7.

Meyer had 19 assists and three ace serves for the Mustangs — Boomer had 10 digs — and Katie Grant had six kill shots and three blocked shots.

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