Mustangs clinch West Sequoia league volleyball title

The Minarets Mustangs volleyball team (27-3, 9-0 WSL) secured their fourth league title in six years with wins over Fowler and Parlier last week.

The team won the Central Sierra League in 2011 as a D-V school - and three West Sequoia League titles in 2013 (D-V), co-champs in 2014 and this season playing as a D-IV team.

In the six years of league play, the Mustangs have gone 54-5, including two undefeated league seasons. With two games remaining, away at Riverdale and at home with Fresno Christian Nov. 5, the Mustangs are favored to go undefeated in league for a third time. Second year coach Jessica Carter has her Mustangs playing the best volleyball of the season as they will head into the final week of league.

“Dig Pink” was the theme Oct. 20 as Minarets hosted the Fowler Redcats (12-15, 4-3). As expected, Fowler gave the Mustangs a run for their money in the teams annual Breast Cancer Awareness Match. Originally developed as a Senior Legacy Project, the match has become a yearly event organized by parents and players with proceeds going to the fight against breast cancer.

And a fight is what the Redcats gave the Mustangs. From the first serve in set one, Fowler answered every point the Mustangs scored, taking a lead late in the game 20-18, only to be defeated by the Mustangs 28-26, after eight lead changes. The Mustangs won the second and third sets (25-16, 25-14).

Carlee Boomer was selected Player of the Game by coach Carter. The senior recorded 10 kills and 10 digs in the match, with Patricia Thomasian recording several digs.

“The ‘Dig Pink’ game is always a fun game,” Carter said. “We love being able to support those affected by breast cancer.”

Carter feels good about the way her team is playing.

“As long as my players keep improving and staying disciplined, we have a really good shot at a Central Section title this year,” Carter said. “We take each game one at a time, focusing on what is right in front of us, and keeping our eye on the big picture.”

Minarets traveled to Parlier Oct. 29, easily winning three sets (25-5, 25-5, 25-13). Katie Low was named Player of the Game by Carter. The junior recorded four kills and four digs in the game.

In D-IV stats, the Mustangs are well represented with Hallie Grant ranked No. 2 in hitting percentage (.326), Patricia Thomasian ranked No. 2 in digs with 385, and Boomer ranked No. 4 with 326.

Minarets concludes league play this week with games against Riverdale (8-8, 2-3), and Fresno Christian (5-16, 3-6). Should the Mustangs finish league play undefeated, the team should receive a favorable seeding for the playoffs.