They did it again Tuesday night. The Minarets High School girls volleyball team (28, 3 - 10-0 WSL) won the CIF Central Section D-V championship, beating Frazier Mountain High School (20-10-2, 7-1) of Lebec.
The Mustangs, who lost just one senior from last year’s championship team, beat Frazier Mountain in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-12, 25-16.
Coach Kara Zamora said he team seemed a little scared, nervous and had some self-doubt as they watched Frazier Mountain warm up before the start of the game.
“I told my girls to go out and showcase their talents, work together and you will be successful,” Zamora said. “After the first set win, I pulled everyone together and told them I told you you could do it.”
Like she has done all season long, Katie Grant led the talented Mustangs with 28 point saving digs and 14 kill shots. Taylor Meyer had an outstanding night recording 10 digs, 23 assists, two blocked shots, and two ace serves.
Other contributions came from Sadie Kubiak (11 digs), with kills from Carlee Boomer (five), Hallie Grant (four), Sami Grant (three), and Joelle Hogg (three).
Prior to the championship game, the Frazier High Falcons were ranked No. 51 in the D-IV state rankings and No. 2 in D-V (behind Minarets) in the Central Section by Maxpreps.com.
The Mustangs were ranked No. 14 in the state and No. 1 in the Central Section by Maxpreps.com in Division V prior to the championship game.
Coach Karra Zamora said her team has been working extremely hard all season and really deserve the title.
“I was watching the girls in the weigh room the day before the game and got choked up with admiration and pride as I realized how hard they have been working for the past four months,” Zamora said. “They don’t complain, even when I make them workout on Fridays or practice before the sun comes up. They all made personal sacrifices for the benefit of the team.”
Zamora said her senior captains Katie Grant and Meyer have led the team by example all season long, both in the training room and on the court, and have been great at communicating to team members what is expected of them.
“We had several goals at the outset of the season including winning league, but winning the Section Championship is the goal that means the most to the girls,” Zamora said. “Now we want to advance further in the state playoffs than we did last year. We will try our best to accomplish that next Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. when we play at home in the first round of the playoffs. I am so proud of all we have accomplished this year and look forward to seeing just how far we can go.”
Katie Grant said the team set high goals back in July with plans to make it to the section championship game.
“Mentally and physically we have been training to be the strongest team we could be,” Meyer aid. “This year, we’ve become more of a team and helped each other develop.”
“With only three losses on the season, we have our coach Zamora to thank for her amazing support and confidence in us,” said team member Sadie Kubiak. “We wouldn’t have been in this championship game if it wasn’t for her.”
Minarets Athletic Director Don Watkins said the tram came out “with fire and tenacity, and showed the will to win. It was a great victory and a total team win.”
The Mustangs defeated Fresno Christian (13-12, 5-5) ) in three straight sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-15) Nov. 14 to advance to the Central Section D-V championship match. The match was Tuesday, Nov. 19, at home against
Against Fresno Christian, Carlee Boomer had 34 digs, 14 kill shots, and one ace serve.
Katie Grant had 20 digs, 10 kills, and two blocks, while Meyer recorded 32 assists. Joelle Hogg added 22 digs and two aces and Sami Grant had three blocked shots and three kills.
In a Nov. 12 section quarter-finale play-off game, the Mustangs defeated Tranquility (3-15, 1-7) in three straight sets (25-4, 25-10, 25-10).
Katie Grant had 11 kills and 13 digs with Meyer getting 28 assists. Boomer and Hog had four aces each.