Everybody in the Madera South gym knew that 6-4 middle blocker Travis Middleton was key for the Stallions boys volleyball team to get a win against the Madera Coyotes.
The Coyotes knew it too and middle blocker T.J. Singh had a bead on Middleton. However, the Stallions got 42 kills combined from Ranferi Pineda (6), Sebastian Ramirez (9), Sebastian Uribe (11) and Erik Pena (6) for a 3-2 victory Tuesday in the first round of the Central Section playoffs. Middleton finished with 17 kills.
“We were trying to maintain with Travis, trying to keep him under control and not make errors,” Stallion head coach Steve Guglielmana said. “Uribe, as a freshman, did a really good job and Jason Deniz, a senior that hadn’t gotten a lot of playing time, didn’t miss a serve.”
Four-year varsity Coyote Daniel Barsotti had other ideas and more than matched Middleton. He put down 19 kills, including six during a Set 3 win. Michael Angell also put down 19 kills and Bryan Edmonston had 10...