Gregg Dodderidge

Badger volleyball captures fourth straight North Sequoia League title

The Yosemite Badger volleyball program closed out its 2019 North Sequoia League competition by defeating Chowchilla 3-0 and Sierra 3-0 last week to secure its fourth straight league title.

The Badgers defeated Chowchilla 25-14, 25-18, and 25-20 on Oct. 22.

YHS defeated Sierra 25-20, 25-16, and 25-16 on Oct. 24.

Despite a down year for the Chieftains (3-19), winning at a loud Sierra gym is always a challenge.

The 2019 Badgers were utterly dominant in the NSL this season.

Overall, the Badgers were undefeated at 10-0 in matches and lost only one set (29-1). The Badgers are now 25-15 overall and will compete in the CIF D-II playoffs.

Since 2016, the Badgers are 27-2 in NSL matches with 4 titles and a Central Section D-III title last year, the school’s first since 2004. The Yosemite Volleyball program has won 9 section titles since the school opened. YHS overall has won 25 CIF titles in its history. Badger Volleyball has won 9 of them. Head coach Michelle Chenowith has won 4.

To close out the NSL, the Badgers had to win on the road.

“Last week we traveled for our final two NSL matches,” Chenowith said. “Sierra is a rivalry game. It had lots of energy and scrappy play. Our defense was able to slow down their big offensive guns and we found holes in their defense to attack.”

Madison Gipson led YHS with 13 kills against Sierra. Kaylee Smith had 3 aces and 18 digs. Isabelle Magee had 18 assists to lead the Badgers.