Stallions broiled by Badgers
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Destiny Perez blocks a kill attempt from Yosemite’s Chloe Duke with support from Arelis Chavez (17) during Tuesday’s three-set loss.
In a steaming hot Madera South West Gym, the Stallions girls volleyball team were swept by the Yosemite Badgers in a non-conference match-up.
The Stallions recorded just 18 kills in the three sets and scored just 42 points in the loss.
“We really couldn’t put anything together,” head coach Travis McEowen said. “We would do well and then we would do bad two times worse. We couldn’t put a complete series together."
On top of taking advantage of numerous Madera South errors, the Badgers served up 11 aces in the three sets.
“Yosemite forced us to play,” McEowen said. “Instead of them making the errors, we made the errors for them and they forced us to play and we couldn’t compete with them. We have to raise our level of play. You have to give it to Yosemite. They took it to us. We couldn’t match up to them. They forced us to play and we weren’t ready.”
The Stallions stayed with the Badgers early in the match. A solo block from Bianca Guevara, a kill from Aleecia Rosel on a down ball and an ace from Jacky Granados gave the Stallions a 4-3 lead.
A Guevara side out kill and a Yosemite hit out of bounds tied the score at seven. Yosemite then took a four-point lead. A service error and an Oliva Molina service ace cut the lead to two.
The Badgers used consecutive aces to open a five-point lead. Taylor Rogers had two side out kills to stay within five. However, Yosemite closed the set with five straight points and ended the set with an ace for a 25-15 victory.
In the second set, the Stallions found themselves trailing 5-2 and 7-4 before getting a side out. Rogers served an ace and Destiny Perez and Kiara Alvarado put down kills to give Madera South an 8-7 lead.
A Yosemite service error, another Molina save and a solo block from Perez helped Madera South take an 11-9 lead.
Yosemite came back to score 16 of the next 18 points, including a 10-point run, to win the second set 25-13 on another ace to end it.
Yosemite used two aces to take a 5-1 lead and then used another ace for a six-point run for a 12-2 lead before Perez side out kill.
Alvarado put down a side out kill and Arelis Chavez and Perez combined on a dual block, but Madera South still trailed 13-5.
Despite a Rosel side out kill, Yosemite went on a five-point run for a 13-point lead.
After a Yosemite side out, Granados served an ace and Rosel put down a kill in a three-point run to cut Yosemite’s lead to 19-10.
After a side out kill from Guevara, Yosemite recorded its 11th ace to get to match point leading 24-11.
Alvarado put down a side out kill and Guevara served up two aces, but a service error ended the match with a 25-14 Yosemite victory.
Madera South continues play today in the High Sierra Classic in Reno.