Led by 11 kill shots from both senior Dainya DeBock, and sophomore Savannah Bohna, Michele Chenowith’s Yosemite High volleyball team opened the season Aug. 27 with a win over the Mariposa Grizzlies (20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19).
Sophomore Karee Smith added nine kills. In volleyball, every ‘kill’ shot is made possible by the team’s setter, and Yosemite sophomore Tiffany Cacy racked-up 32 assists on the evening, to go with her four ace serves.
On defense, the Badgers were lead by senior Kailei Gould, and another sophomore, Hannah Hurtado, with 19 and 18 point saving ‘digs.’
“I am very pleased with my girls on this team,” Chenowith said. “I have so many talented players, I don’t have enough playing positions for them all. Right now we are trying players in a variety of positions to find the best fit.”
Chenowith said Karee Smith, Dainya DeBock, and Savannah Bohna all had excellent hitting against Mariposa. Hannah Morrison, a right side hitter who was a starter on last year’s team, was solid throughout the game.
“Tiffany Cacy set well and is such an athlete that she saves a lot of plays for us,” Chenowith said. “Kailei Gould is the backbone to our defense ... she is always all over the court and she communicates well with her teammates.”
Chenowith pointed out Autumn Mitchell for her overall knowledge of the game and versatility.
“Autumn has been doing a good job filling in wherever we need her ... she can play any position, and play it well.”
The team will participate Saturday in the Carmichael High School Tournament in Sacramento, and will play the Mustangs at Minarets High at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9.