After a tough week in which the Minarets Mustang volleyball team (7-2), dropped some close matches, coach Jessica Carter and her squad have turned things around.
The Mustangs rolled off six straight wins last week over Farmersville (3-0 sets), Mariposa (3-1), Liberty (3-0), King’s Academy (2-0), Firebaugh (2-0), and Edison (2-1).
Team communication has been the team’s Achilles heel this season, and if last week’ matches are any indication, the team has worked out those issues.
The Mustangs handled the Aztecs of Farmersville, winning the first of three sets 25-21, then dominating the last two games, 25-15, 25-14. Hallie Grant had nine kills in the game. Seniors Carlee Boomer and Patricia Thomasian each recorded 11 digs on defense.
After losing both matches to rivals YHS and Sierra the week before, the Mustangs had little time to prepare for the Grizzles, but Carter’s team is hard working and full of seasoned veterans. Again, Hallie Grant set the pace, leading the Mustangs to three straight wins, 27-25, 25-12, 27-25. The Mustangs recorded 26 kills in the match with Grant’s eight leading the team along with five aces. Thomasian and Boomer continued their stellar defense, recording 41 digs between them.
Liberty was the Mustang’s next victim as they entered the Madera Invitational Tournament. Minarets beat the Hawks in 3 close games, 27-25, 25-21, and 25-20 for the sweep. Boomer led all scorers with seven aces, Thomasian turned another stellar performance on defense with another 20 digs. Mia Corripo was selected Max Player of the match, recording five kills and four blocks.
The Mustangs went undefeated in Tournament play with two-set wins against King's Academy 25-12, 25-22, Firebaugh 25-12, 25-18, and concluded the run with a three-game sweep of Edison, 25-12, 25-18, and 15-9. Quite a turn around from last week.
Up next for the Mustangs was the Dos Palos Broncos on Tuesday. Coach Mary Schofield team was 5-3 on the year, coming off a 3-2 loss to Chowchilla. Minarets will play Roosevelt, Oct. 1 in the Mustangs final game before league play begins. The Rough Riders are 0-7 on the season in search of their first win. The Mustangs open league play Oct. 8 against the Parlier Panthers.
The team won West Sequoia League titles in 2011, and 2013, and were co-champs in 2014. The Mustangs won two back to back Central Section D-V titles (2012 and 2013).