After beating D-IV No. 3 seed Liberty-Madera Ranchos (28-8, 7-3 North Sequoia League) Tuesday (26-24, 25-8, 25-23), the No. 2 seed Minarets Mustangs (28-4, 10-0 WSL) will play No. 1 seed Sierra (30-3, 9-1 NSL champs) at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, for the Central Section D-IV Volleyball Championship at West Hills College in Lemoore.
With a win Saturday, it would be the Mustang’s second section title, having won four league titles in the past six years.
Sierra advanced to Saturday’s championship game by beating Dos Palos (21-8, 9-1 WSL) 25-8, 25-15, 25-13.
In the Minarets-Liberty game, the Mustang’s exhibited a strong and balanced effort both on offense and defense.
Minarets Coach Jessica Carter said she was excited and thankful that her team is going to the championship match.
“My girls played their hearts out ... Sierra is a fantastic team so we need to continue to be disciplined,” Carter said.
Minarets was ranked No. 10 in the state in D-IV by maxpreps.com, while Liberty was ranked No. 50. Sierra is ranked No. 16 in the state for D-IV.
“Our girls came out on fire, and played with a vengeance,” said Sierra Coach Amanda Thompson. “When I look back at these girls as freshman, I said then they would win the valley title as seniors, and that is exactly what they are going to do.”
Sierra’s Jordan Falk had 12 kills, 16 digs, and 6 aces - Kinlee Rix had 16 assists, 2 kills - Alex Smith 9 digs - Maesyn Rix 9 assists - Abbey Briggs 4 kills, 5 aces.
Mustangs dominate in playoff opener and quarter finals
Minarets advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal round against Liberty after easily beating No. 15 seed Strathmore (9-17) in the Nov. 10 opening round (25-7, 25-9, 25-14), and No. 7 seed McFarland (23-2, 12-0 East Sequoia League) Nov. 12 in the division quarterfinals (25-10, 25-7, 25-21).
After the Strathmore game, Carter named Carlee Boomer “Player of the Game.” The senior recorded 14 kills. Senior Holly Walsh recorded 21 assists.
In the Nov. 12 quarter-finals march, the Mustangs beat the McFarland Cougars in three sets (25-10, 25-7, 25-21).
Sami Grant was selected “Player of the Game,” and had 8 kills in the match.