Pete Reardon

Top seeded Mustangs start run at state title Tuesday

After going undefeated in West Sequoia League play and winning their second D-V Section Title in two years, the Minarets Mustangs Volleyball squad (28-3, 10-0 WSL) moves on to the state playoffs at home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The team is the No. 1 D-V seed in the state.

Coach Karra Zamora’s team will host Calipatria High School (15-9-1) in the first round of playoff action. The Hornets play in the Manzanita League of the San Diego Section and placed second in league play (9-3-1).

First year coach Hector Banaga’s team finished the regular season ranked sixth in the San Diego Section standings. The team went 3-3 in their last six matches.

Zamora’s squad this year is more balanced than last years squad that was eliminated in their first state playoff game. This years team, features three seniors, Katie Grant, Sadie Kubiak, and Taylor Meyer. The team is young but very experienced, as well as conditioned. The Mustangs bring with them some staggering stats, all of which are above the national average.

This season, the team has recorded 689 attack kills, (the average is 631), 230 blocks (average - 121), 260 serving aces (average - 186), 1,644 defensive digs (average 959) and serving received success, 1,058 (average - 953).

Unlike last years team that featured Bre Cairns, now playing for Cal Poly, this team is a threat at every position. They defeated Frazier Mountain, the Mustangs last victim, in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-12, 25-16. Zamora’s team has not lost at home this season, sporting a perfect 12-0 record.

Should the heavily favored Mustangs win Tuesday night, they will face the winner of the Mammoth Huskies (22-10) - Riverside Christian (20-8, 9-3) game. That game will be played Saturday at a sight to be announced.

The Huskies played Yosemite twice this season — tying the first match1-1 and winning the second 2-0. The Huskies also tied Frazier Mountain early in season. A win Tuesday would put coach Zamora’s team just two matches from the State Championship game.