Optimism for a Yosemite varsity volleyball (7-3 NSL) win over Sierra (9-1), and a tie for the North Sequoia League title, was high Nov. 6, especially when the Badger JV team opened the night with a win over the Chieftains.
Although Yosemite jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening game, a co-league championship was not to be as the Chieftains won the contest, and the league title, beating the Badgers in three straight games, 25-22, 25-23, 25-17. A win by the Badgers would have given them a co-league title with Sierra.
The win gave Sierra its third straight North Sequoia League title.
“All 12 girls on this team were physically and mentally prepared for this match,” said Sierra coach Amanda Thompson. “I love being able to have a team that I can put any player on the court and they will get the job done. This championship was earned by the entire team.”
Thompson credited Hayly Day, Brooke Poore, and Saraya Sears for doing a good job controlling the net throughout the three games.
“My offensive players, Abby Briggs, Jordan Falk, Makenna Elizondo, Claire Rix, and Kinlee Rix were too fast for Yosemite’s 6-foot-3 middle blocker.”
Kinlee Rix had 14 kills, 13 assists, and nine digs. Maesyn Rix added 15 assists, 12 digs, and five ace serves.
For Yosemite, Taylor Burrall had 16 kills and Bree Lewis recorded 12 assists.
Prior to facing Sierra, Yosemite beat Chowchilla at home Nov. 4, in three straight games, 25-15, 25-10, 25-14.
Burrall had 11 kills, and six stuffs. Other contributors were Lewis (15 assists), Kailei Gould (10 digs, five kills), De Bock (five kills), Kailey Wynn (nine assists), Ellis (three aces, two kills), and Siena Oswald (three kills).
Badgers beat Sunnyside in playoffs
With a second place league finish, Yosemite entered the CIF Central Section D-III playoffs Monday night, defeating Sunnyside High of Fresno. Sunnyside won the first game 25-20, with the Badgers winning the next three, 25-18, 25-17, 25-16.
Burrall had 13 kills, nine digs, and seven blocked shots. Lewis added 10 digs and 10 assists, with Andie Ellis contributing 12 digs and three kills. Dainya De Bock had two kills, two stuff blocks, and one ace serve.
At San Joaquin Memorial tonight
With the win over Sunnyside, the No. 7 Badgers travel to No. 2 seed San Joaquin Memorial in Fresno tonight (Thursday), for a 6 p.m. section D-III quarter-final game. SJM finished the regular season with a 23-8 record. The school is located at 1406 North Fresno Street.
JV team beats Sierra
The Badger JV team beat Sierra in three games. Yosemite won the first game, 25-19, Sierra the second, 25-13, with and Badgers wining the last game 15-10. The Badgers ended the season 7-3 in league play.
“I told my players before the game to play like the score doesn’t matter ... have fun and give it everything you have,” said Coach Trudi Cacy. “They played as a team tonight and every single one of these girls came out to compete. I’m so proud and happy for them as players to walk away from this season knowing exactly what they are capable of doing.”