The Yosemite High volleyball team defeated Mission Oak three games to two (26-28, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-10) Tuesday night to advance in the Central Section Division III volleyball championships.
The Badgers (36-8) are the No. 1 seed and will host No. 4 Dinuba in the Badger Gym on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the semifinals. A win would propel the Badgers to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at College of the Sequoias in Visalia against either sixth-seeded San Joaquin Memorial or No. 7 Madera South.
Mission Oak won the first two games. YHS then won three straight games to win the match. Down 8-5 in the deciding fifth game, Yosemite went on a 7-0 run to close out the comeback. The Badgers have now won 10 straight matches.
The Hawks (13-21-1), the No. 8 seed who defeated YHS in last year’s D-III section final, had been the Badgers’ nemesis the last four years.
The Badgers swept the Woodlake Tigers 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-12) at the Badger Gym in the first round. Woodlake (16-14) was the No. 16 seed.
vs. Mission Oak: Sayda Taylor 1 ace, 17 good receive, 21 kills, 21 digs, 3 blocks; Monique Ades 5 kills; Chloe Duke 30 kills; Madison Morris 4 kills, 6 digs; Kaylee Smith 27 good receive, 38 digs; Jordyn Jackson 26 digs, 32 assists; Isabelle Magee 14 digs, 16 assists; Izzy Peter 13 digs, 2 aces and 25 serves.
vs. Woodlake: Sayda Taylor 2 aces, 10 kills, 14 digs; Chloe Duke 3 aces, 9 kills; Madison Gipson 5 kills; Madison Morris 3 kills; Isabelle Magee 10 digs, 15 assists; Jordyn Jackson 3 kills, 9 digs, 13 assists; Kaylee Smith 2 aces, 6 digs; Izzy Peter 7 digs; Keylee Andersen 1 kill, 2 blocks.
Note: The Yosemite-Mission Oak score was originally reported incorrectly on the Central Section website as Mission Oak winning. It has since been corrected.