Mustangs win title

In her first year as a varsity head coach, Jessica Carter is making a name for herself as she guided the Minarets Mustangs Volleyball team to their third West Sequoia League Championship in as many years.

Karra Zamora was the coach the previous two years.

Carter, who lives in Mariposa and attends college when not coaching. Her team got the No. 3 seed in the Central Section D-V playoffs.

The Mustangs finished the season 18-7, while going 9-1 in winning the West Sequoia League Championship. The team’s only loss was a five game upset by Fowler. Carters team is on a 10 match win streak, and has not lost since Oct. 11 against D-I Buena High School.

The Mustangs are looking for its second D-V sectional title in three years.

Minarets lost last season in the semi-finals to eventual section champion, La Jolla Country Day.

On Monday night, the team opened the playoffs making quick work of Coalinga, winning the match in three games, 25-17, 25-11, 25-10.

“I’m really proud of my girls,” Carter said. “I am happy we were able to push through round one and now it’s time to focus on round two. We are excited and anxious to move forward. These girls have played hard all year and are fired-up. There is nothing they want more than winning the section title.”

There are 16 teams in the D-V section playoffs. The No. 1 seed went to Past High School, near Delano. Even though the Mustangs won the league title, the No. 2 seed went to Fowler.

The Mustangs will play the No. 6 seed Dos Palos who beat No. 11 seed Kerman Monday night to get to round two. The game is at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) on the Mustangs home court. The winner will play the winner of the Liberty-Fowler game.

The Kerman Lions finished the season 14-15, 5-5 league, behind coach Brianna Kileen, while Dos Palos went 22-11, 10-0 in league.