Friday, Sep. 07, 2012
Volleyball team jumps on visiting Dos Palos
By David Witte / firstname.lastname@example.org
After a rough weekend in Reno, the Los Banos volleyball team wanted to rebound against Dos Palos in its non-league matchup Tuesday night.
And the Tigers did, sweeping the Broncos 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-10).
"I told the girls we had to start fast that third game," Los Banos coach Greg Soliz said. "I felt like if we gave them any kind of chance, they'd start getting some momentum. They had a large crowd here, and I thought that they would get going as long as they stayed with us."
Los Banos jumped out to early leads in the first two sets, with Dos Palos taking timeouts to regroup after trailing 6-1 in the first game and 8-3 in the second game.
Dos Palos had the advantage in height, and the block was a constant possibility. But LB's liberos took DP's big hitters out of the equation.
"We got some good hits," Dos Palos coach Lisa Schofield said. "Our offense was running when we could get a pass up. And we need to work on our serve receive."
Wanting to put the match away, Los Banos jumped out again in the third game and this time did not let Dos Palos back in.
"We're working it out," Schofield said. "For a Division 4 team, we showed well."
Los Banos played with a different setter, giving sophomore Julia Waldron a shot. Soliz originally planned to play Waldron in the first game, then hand it back to Colleen Allen, but he needed Allen in an outside hitter role against DP's height.
"It makes it nice that we can do that," Soliz said. "I know it's going to be hard with Julia because she's inexperienced, so she'll have off and good days, but it makes it nice that we can make a move like that."
Waldron finished with 26 assists. LB sophomore Jade Fachin led with 17 kills and racked up nine blocks, and Savannah Pena added four blocks.
For Dos Palos, Madison Pierce and Alli O'Banion each had four kills, and Emmelee Croninger had nine assists.
The win gave LB a boost of confidence after going 1-5 at a tournament in Reno, with its only win coming over Woodcreek. Three of those losses came in three games.
"We had a lead over Elk Grove out of Sacramento, and we just couldn't hold it," Soliz said. "So we had games like that that were kind of tough. That's why it was kind of important tonight that we could do it and not let anybody back."
The Tigers head this weekend to the Golden Valley Tournament.
Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at email@example.com