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 Berinise 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.”