Saucedo leads Coyotes to rivalry win
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Isabella Saucedo tries to get one of her attacks past the Madera South double block during Wednesday’s match. Saucedo had a match-high 26 kills in the four-set victory.
The Madera Coyotes girls volleyball team rode the hot hand of Isabella Saucedo to record a 3-1 match win over the Madera South Stallions in County/Metro Athletic Conference action.
Saucedo recorded 26 kills in the 20-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-22 victory. Brianna Guerrero added nine kills in Tuesday’s win.
“If Bella is swinging well and they aren’t stopping her, there’s no reason we can’t use her,” Madera head coach Meghan Haas said. “That’s what we went with. Everyone else stepped up too, on an attacking standpoint. If we’re going to be successful, we need to do that.”
Arelis Chavez led Madera South with 12 kills. Veronica Ramirez added nine and Danae Prudente had six.
Because of COVID issues, Madera South played its first match after just four practices while Madera had one practice since being shut down for 10 days.
However, Madera took advantage of early Madera South mistakes for the lead in the first set.
Saucedo put down a pair of side out kills and recorded an ace. Chavez had two kills and combined with Jacky Guglielmana for a dual block to cut the lead to one.
Madera South’s Ana Kajitani served up an ace for Madera’s first lead of the match.
Lauren Dybas served up an ace for Madera to take the lead back. Madera South side out kills from Ramirez and Prudente tied the set at nine. Jazlynn Vargas served up an ace and Prudente put down a pair of kills for a 12-9 lead.
A Chavez kill and a Prudente ace gave the Stallions a 15-11 lead. Guglielmana served up another ace and Madera South led 20-13.
Side out kills by Sofia Marin and Guerrero and another kill from Saucedo cut the lead to three.
Madera South got the serve back on a Madera missed serve and Vargas served up an ace for a 23-18 lead. Chavez put down a kill for set point. After a Saucedo kill, Chavez ended the set with her sixth kill.
Two Saucedo kills and two Madera South hits out of bounds led to an early 4-0 Madera lead in the second set.
A Ramirez kill and a Chavez ace cut the lead to two. However, three Madera South mistakes and a Miabella Rios kill opened Madera’s lead to five. Guerrero served up an ace to get the lead to seven. After a Rios side out kill, Marin served up an ace for an 18-9 lead.
Two straight Saucedo kills opened the lead to 10. Emma Richardson served up the next four points, including an ace. Saucedo had a solo block and a kill in the run and Dybas added a kill to get Madera to set point.
After a Chavez side out kill, Dybas ended the set with a kill for a 25-11 win.
Madera took the early lead in the second set behind two Saucedo kills and side out kills from Guerrero and Rios.
An ace from Kajitani and a kill by Prudente cut Madera’s lead to 8-6.
Saucedo got a side out tip kill and served up two aces. Guerrero added a kill for a 13-6 lead.
Prudente and Chavez put down kills for the Stallions, but a service error gave the ball back to Madera. The Stallions cut the lead down to five, but Rios put down a kill to get the lead back to six.
Two straight Madera South hits out of bounds led to an eight point lead.
Two side out kills from Saucedo offset a Madera South side out kill from Jewelyana Rodriguez. After a Madera South missed serve, Guerrero got a kill off a block and Saucedo served up an ace for a 25-14 victory.
Madera used an eight-point run to jump to the early lead in the fourth set. Richardson served up three aces in the run while Saucedo had four kills for a 9-2 lead.
Chavez served up three points, including a kill and a Vargas ace to cut the lead to three. A Ramirez kill and a Guglielmana ace cut the Coyotes’ lead to one.
Guerrero put down a kill and Bethany Bennett served up a point to get Madera a 14-9 lead.
Three straight Madera South missed serves led the Coyotes to take a 21-13 lead after two Saucedo kills and a Guerrero ace.
Ramirez put down a kill and Prudente served up an ace to cut the lead to six. After a side out, Ramirez gave the Stallions the serve back with a side out kill. Ramirez put down another kill and Chavez served up an ace to cut the lead to three.
After a Madera side out, Ramirez recorded another side out kill. Guglielmana served up another ace to cut the lead to one before a Guerrero kill gave the Coyotes match point.
Guerrero ended the match with a tip kill for a 25-22 victory.