Lindsay beats Strathmore 3-2
Lindsay High School volleyball chanted the mantra over and over again during their final timeouts, then defended their home court with a 3-2 victory over rival Strathmore Monday for the Cardinals' first East Sequoia League win of the season.
“We've been struggling all season with finishing games,” LHS head coach Angel Leon said. “We'll start off real strong and then drop off at then end. I finally saw the heart come back at the end and they finally finished. So it was great improvement on our girls and great maturity under pressure. I think they did really, really amazing right there.”
Lindsay (1-5 ESL) won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-23 but lost the next two 25-13 and 25-19 respectively.
In the fifth set they trailed 6-1 to start but scored six points in a row to tie the set at 7-all. The set was tied five more times before the Cardinals took a 13-12 lead on an error by the Spartans. From there, back-to-back kills from Berenise Rangel gave the team the 15-12 win.
Rangel led Lindsay with 14 kills and three blocks. Alexis Leon had 25 assist, three aces and two kills. Isabel Rico had 13 digs, Azaria Loya had two blocks. Nadia Madrigal had 14 kills and Stephanie Bargas had 17 digs and an ace.
For the Spartans (2-10-1, 2-3 ESL), Jazmine Soto had 23 assists, 12 digs, three kills and four aces. Sydney Ruckman had nine kills and six digs. Kathy Gonzalez had 14 digs, Aliyah Garcia had five kills, Rebecca Acevedo six kills and Jacelyn Ashcraft 12 kills. Lucy Flynn also had eight assists, six kills and three aces.
“Obviously it's a rivalry and I know a lot of the players over there so it's a lot of heart,” first-year head Leon said about playing Strathmore. “And the girls know each other so it's kind of fun on that aspect. Feels really good for the girls (to get the win). For me, it obviously feels really good too. But I really wanted this for the girls.”
Monache High School volleyball defeated Delano 3-0 in an East Yosemite League match Monday on the road. The Marauders won the sets 25-12, 25-10 and 25-19, respectively.
For the Marauders, Gabriella Cox had 22 assists, six digs, three kills and two aces. Tia Jules had eight kills and one dig. Hally Flynn had seven kills, three aces, three digs and one block. Kristen Watson had 10 digs, three aces and three kills.
Monache's freshman-sophomore team won 2-0 with set scores of 25-13 and 25-5 while their junior varsity team won 2-0 with set scores of 25-15 and 25-23.
MHS frosh-soph win tourney
Monache High School's freshmen-sophomore team won a tournament Saturday at Tulare Union High School.
In pool play, the Marauders beat Lemoore 25-14, 25-20 and McLane 25-13. 25-9. For the bracket play, Monache beat Fowler 25-8, lost the second set 25-20 then won the third set 15-12.
The Marauders faced Central Valley Christian in the championship game and won 25-20, 25-13.
Middle Viviana Anaya was the tournament's most valuable player (MVP) and Savannah Ellis was All-Tournament.
Porterville High School's girls tennis defeated Delano 7-2 at home in Monday's East Yosemite League match.
In singles, No. 2 Sierra Mitchel won 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Jewelia Maniss won 6-3, 6-3; No. 4 Erica Palad won 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Zeila Rivera won 6-0, 6-0 and No. 6 Liz Martinez won 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, No. 2 Palad and Natalia Sanchez won 8-3 while No. 3 Des Gomez and Jazz Medrano won 8-3.
The Panthers are now 3-1 in EYL and play Monache on the road Wednesday.
Tulare Western 8
Monache High School girls tennis lost 8-1 to Tulare Western in an East Yosemite League match on the road Monday.
The Marauders lone win came from an 8-5 win by Abigail Sotelo and Evelyn Caballero in the No. 2 doubles match.