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Madera South’s Christian Sylvia rises up to put down one of his team-high 20 kills in Wednesday’s loss to the Clovis Cougars.
The Madera South Stallions and the Clovis Cougars boys volleyball teams went pound for pound in a non-conference match that saw the Cougars pull away with a four-set victory.
The Stallions held their own against the Tri-River Athletic Conference’s Cougars Wednesday evening, forcing extra points in a 26-24 loss in the second set and winning the third set 25-15. However, the Cougars won the second set 25-16 and closed the match with a 25-23 win in the fourth set.
Christian Sylvia led three Stallions in double digit kills with 20. Jared Guglielmana and Ruben Jaimez each put down 11 kills in three-plus sets.
The Cougars jumped out to a 12-8 led, but the Stallions got a kill from Jaimez and Adrian Alvarez served up a point.
Then, the two teams exchanged eight straight side outs with Sylvia putting down two side out kills. Jaimez and Riley Maciel also had side out kills.
Jaimez put down another kill to cut the Cougars’ lead to one. The Cougars eventually opens a four-point lead, but a missed serve led to a Guglielmana kill to get the lead to two.
After a Cougars side out, Guglielmana put down a sideout kill. Sylvia put down two kills, Clovis hit out of bounds and were in the net to give the Stallions a 23-21 lead.
Clovis got the side out and added a point to tie the score at 23. Jaimez put down a kill for the side out and set point, but Clovis put down a kill to get the side out. A tip kill and an attack from the back row gave the Cougars a 26-24 win.
Clovis jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set and led 9-3 after a solo block. The two teams exchanged 12 straight side outs. Sylvia put down two kills in the run while Guglielmana and Josue Herrera added side out kills.
After the Cougars added a point, four more side outs went by for a seven-point lead. Clovis eventually took a 23-12 lead before the Stallions started to battle back. Sylvia put down two side out kills. With Clovis on set point, Jaimez and Sylvia put down kills. However, a missed serve gave the Cougars their set point for a 25-16 win.
Jaimez served up a pair of aces to open the fourth set. After side out kills from Alvarez and Herrera, the Stallions took an 8-4 lead. Alvarez served up an ace and Guglielmana put down a kill.
Side out kills from Guglielmana and Sylvia gave the Stallions an 11-6 lead.
The Stallions scored the next six straight points. Sylvia put down a kill off a Sebastian Moreno assist. Then, Sylvia put down a kill on his second chance after the first kill attempt was dug up. Sylvia put down a kill off the Clovis block. The Cougars hit out of bounds and were called for four contacts before another Sylvia kill led to a 17-6 lead.
Clovis scored two straight points before a Sylvia side out kill. A Clovis lift call gave the Stallions a 10-point lead. After a Cougars side out, Maciel put down a side out kill.
Off a No. 14 dig, Guglielmana hit the ball behind his head for a tip kill and a 21-10 lead.
Clovis scored three straight points before a service error. After a trade in side outs, Alvarez recorded a tip kill with a behind-the-head back tap. Clvosi was hit with a net violation to give the Stallions set point.
Clovis got the side out, but Guglielman put down a kill for the 25-15 victory.
Madera South jumped out to a 7-5 lead behind kills from Sylvia and Jaimez. Clovis battled back to take a 12-9 lead.
A Gugleilmana kill cut the lead to one. After a Guglielmana side out kill, Jaimez put down a kill off a dig to tie the set at 13.
Side out kills from Alvarez and Gugleilmana and another from Jaimez tied the score at 17. The Cougars added two more points before a Cougars’ service error.
Sylvia added a kill and combined with Maciel on a dual block to give the Stallions a 20-19 lead. Clovis scored two straight points before Sylvia put down a side out kill to tie the score at 21.
Clovis scored two more points for a 23-21 lead before Maciel put down a kill. Madera South missed its next serve to give the Cougars match point. Maciel put down a kill to cut the lead to one, but Clovis closed the match with a kill and a 25-23 win.