The Sierra High volleyball team (22-1, 4-1 North Sequoia League) beat Yosemite (24-9, 4-1 NSL) Oct. 20, forcing a three-way tie halfway through league play between the two Mountain Area schools, and Liberty-Madera Ranchos.
Playing before a crowd of more than 400 at YHS, the Chieftains looked unstoppable in the first set, overpowering the Badgers 25-15, but Yosemite re-grouped and won the second set 25-23.
Sierra, ranked No. 12 in the Central Section by max preps, and No. 2 in D-IV by The Fresno Bee (behind Liberty), won the third and fourth sets (25-20, 25-19) to close out the match.
“Sierra is a very good team and in order to defeat them we had to bring our A game which we didn’t do,” Yosemite coach Michele Chenowith. “Our team usually keeps unforced errors at a minimum but against Sierra our unforced errors were excessive. We will have another chance in a couple weeks and hopefully that night our team will show up and play like I know they can.”
Yosemite is ranked No. 3 in D-III by the Bee behind Mission Oak and Bakersfield Christian.
Led by six seniors, including college-bound second-year team captain Kinlee Rix and Jordan Falk, the Chieftains combined for 86 defensive digs, 51 kill shots, and 12 ace serves on the night.
Rix is being pursued by Air Force, and Falk is being recruited by UC Santa Cruz for volleyball.
“I could not have asked anything more from my girls against Yosemite,” Coach Amanda Thompson said. “Saraya Sears and Tori Carlos were beasts at the net. Every ball our setters gave them were hit with power.”
Against Sierra, YHS sophomore Savannah Bohna was the team’s top scorer with 15 kill shots, followed by Karee Smith and Siena Oswald with 14 each. Dainya DeBock added 12 kills.
Hannah Hurtado had 18 point-saving digs on the night. Shelby Biscaglio had nine, Kailei Gould had eight, and Oswald, Bohna, and Autumn Mitchell had seven digs each.
Yosemite’s Rachel Loveland had four blocked shots during the match, and DeBock had three.
The Chieftains are looking at winning the league title for the third straight year this season. Three years ago, they were league co-champs with the Lady Badgers.
Sierra’s only loss on the season was to Liberty on Oct. 13, in four sets.
“The game against Liberty was just one of those nights that every player had an off-night,” Thompson said. “I give a lot of credit to Liberty’s Tayler Sefton. She did a wonderful job against us, digging out almost every shot we took to keep her team alive.”
On Oct. 22, Yosemite beat Kerman (16-8, 1-5 NSL) in three sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-15).
Hurtado and Gould had nine blocks during the match, and Tiffany Cacy had eight.
Badger JV team wins
The Badger JV team remained undefeated in league (5-0) after beating Sierra in two sets (25-16, 25-16) and Kerman (25-17, 25-9).
Against Sierra, Alyssa Airey served for three aces and 13 points total. Sayda Taylor had four kills and four blocks.
Against Kerman, Izzy Peter had three service aces, and eight digs.
Yosemite played Liberty on Tuesday and will face Washington Union on Oct 29 at home. JV game starts at 5 p.m. - varsity game 6 p.m.
Yosemite will travel to Sierra on Nov. 5 for both team’s last league match of the season - a match that could decide who wins the league title.