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Mountain Area volleyball: Yosemite wins championship, Minarets starts league 2-0

Yosemite cheers after a point against Bullard in the nonleague girls volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in Oakhurst.
Yosemite cheers after a point against Bullard in the nonleague girls volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in Oakhurst. ezamora@fresnobee.com

Volleyball is well underway for both the Yosemite and Minarets high school programs, with both teams nearly halfway into their respective seasons.

Yosemite coming off championship

Yosemite was at 13-4 record coming off a first-place finish at the Sept. 7-8 Mammoth Invitational, winning all five matches.

“They’ve done a great job coming together and playing with each other, so we’re excited,” said Badgers head coach Michele Chenowith.

Chenowith said the chemistry within the team has created a “fun” atmosphere to be around.

“That’s always a pleasure for a coach, when you get to work with girls that are great students, but also great people,” she said.

The Badgers have been nearly unstoppable at home, winning all three matches. They have won nine out of the 10 sets played in their gym.

Yosemite is on the verge of league play, with its first North Sequoia League match scheduled for Sept. 18 at Kerman High School. But before that the Badgers had a nonleague match scheduled Tuesday at Madera and will take the court on Sept. 14-15 in the Visalia Tournament.

Yosemite is the two-time defending NSL champion. The Badgers are No. 3 in the MaxPreps Central Section Division III rankings behind Reedley (which swept Yosemite in the season-opener) and Righetti.

“Our team is strong enough to be in the fight for the (section title). There’s a lot of good teams. My team is on that roller-coaster ride, along with every other team,” Chenowith said.

Minarets 2-0 in league

Minarets is 5-9 playing mostly up in competition. But last week against the West Sequoia League, the Mustangs swept both Fowler and Caruthers to stamp themselves as the team to beat.

Last weekend they went 2-3 in the Madera Tournament.

MaxPreps has Minarets at No. 21 in Division III. Last year, the small school powerhouse made it all the way to the D-III semifinals before falling to Mission Oak.

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