Down two sets to one, the Yosemite High School volleyball team (19-8) came back to defeat San Joaquin Memorial (4-2) in Fresno Sept. 24.
SJM won the first set 25-22, the Badgers took the second set 25-23, before SJM convincingly won the third set 25-13.
Showing they would not be intimidated by the Panthers, who had three players standing 5-foot-11, and two players over 6-foot, Yosemite bounced back to win the fourth set 25-18 to even the game at two sets each.
Yosemite was led by sophomores Karee Smith, and Savannah Bohna, and senior Dainya Debock with 10, eight, and six kill shots respectfully, won the game deciding fifth set 15-12.
Sophomore setter Tiffany Cacy had 23 assists on the night.
“It was a difficult night for us,” Coach Michele Chenowith said. “The gym was extremely hot and numerous large fans blowing the hot air made the ball move a lot in flight. The ceiling was ridiculously low but we knew that coming in. My girls, being for the most part really young, had a hard time adjusting to all the qwerky playing conditions. In addition, Autumn Mitchell had to sit out the game after hurting her hand in warm ups.”
Chenowith said the team never seemed to get into the flow of the game.
“A lot of that was because of the talented team we were playing,” Chenowith said. “SJM had one hitter that was impossible to stop so we had to score the majority of our points when she was in the back row. There were times when our frustrations at our own play really tested our team dynamics but these players were able to put their own frustrations aside, put the team first, and support each other throughout the night. We were just happy to pull off the win, because it could have gone either way.”
On Sept. 22, Yosemite hosted Sierra Pacific, beating them in three sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-13).
Smith had 10 kill shots, two ace serves, and five blocked shots on the night.
Cacy contributed 24 assists, Debock added six kills, and three blocks, senior Kailei Gould had six kills, 12 digs, and two aces, sophomore Hannah Hurtado had 20 point-saving digs on defense, and Rachel Loveland had four kills, and four blocks.