Stallions’ volleyball take care of business
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Danae Prudente rises up to put down a kill during Wednesday’s sweep over the Matilda Torres Toros.
The Madera South girls volleyball team did what it needed to do in two matches earlier this week before the playoffs begin next week.
The Stallions picked up a County/Metro Athletic Conference sweep over the Edison-Fresno Tigers on Tuesday and then swept the Matilda Torres Toros on Wednesday in a non-conference match.
Madera South ended its regular season Thursday against Sanger, but head coach Travis McEowen is getting his team ready for the Div. IV playoffs.
McEowen hopes to get a top three seed in the Div. IV playoffs, which are seeded differently this season. The CIF Central Section is using computer rankings to put teams in divisions, which means that teams that are usually in Div. IV can go to Div. II if they are having a good season.
Central Section playoffs begin Tuesday.
Madera South 3, Edison 0
The Stallions took care of business with a win over Edison. The Tigers made the Stallions earn the sweep, though.
The Stallions won the first two sets 25-20 and 25-22 before taking control of the third set in a 25-15 win.
Veronica Ramirez led the team with 13 kills and Danae Prudente had 12 kills. Jazlynn Vargas had seven kills. Elissa Escobar added six aces to go with 33 assists.
Madera South started the match on a roll. Escobar served up two aces in a four-point run.
After a Ramirez side out kill, she served up an ace in a five-point run. Anna Kajitani added a kill for a 10-2 lead.
Edison chipped away at Madera South’s lead and eventually took a 15-14 lead after a five-point run.
Edison extended the lead to 17-15 before Ramirez put down a side out kill.
Vargas and Ramirez put down kills and Escobar added an ace in a four-point run for a 20-17 lead.
Edison got the side out and added a point before Ramirez put down a kill. Vargas had a soft kill for a 22-19 lead.
After a Madera South missed serve, Prudent put down a kill for the side out. Vargas and Ellie Morales combined on a dual block for set point. Edison hit out of bounds for a 25-20 Madera South win.
Edison took an early 7-3 lead in the second set and extended the lead to 12-4 before a Ramirez side out kill.
Madera South chipped away at the lead. Kajitani served up an ace and Vargas had a tip kill for a three-point run to cut the lead to two.
However, Edison took advantage of a couple of Madera South hits out of bounds for a 21-15 lead.
Edison took a 22-17 after a side out. Prudente got a back row, side out kill for the serve Madera South didn’t give back.
Escobar served up seven straight points to get the win. She had an ace in the run. Ramirez put down three kills and Vargas had another to get to set point. Edison hit into the net for a 25-22 Madera South win.
In the third set, the Stallions took an early 3-0 lead after two Escobar aces and a Ramirez kill. Edison kept contact with the Stallions until Vargas had a kill and a solo block for a 10-6 lead.
Madera South extended the lead to five with a Morales ace.
Prudente recorded a back row kill for a side out and Ramirez added another kill. After an Edison side out, Ramirez put down a side out kill. Vargas served up an ace and Kajitani put down a kill for a 17-9 lead.
A Prudente kill and a Kajitani ace opened the lead to 20-10. The two teams exchanged five straight side outs for a Madera south set point, 24-14. Edison got the kill and added a point before the Stallions scored the final point of the set for a 25-15 win.
Madera South 3, Matilda Torres 0
While the Madera South Stallions worked on getting ready for the playoffs, the Matilda Torres Toros were working on just improving.
The Toros, in their first year playing varsity, gave the Stallions a battle in the second and third set before Madera South picked up the sweep.
Prudente put down 10 kills while Ramirez added nine kills. Six other Stallions picked up kills in the match.
Meanwhile, the Toros recorded just seven kills as a team. However, they did record seven aces with Sol Barrera recording three.
Madera South also took advantage of the Toros from the service line. The Stallions recorded 18 aces, led by Ramirez with six. Escobar had five and Prudente had four.
Ramirez opened the match with two aces. Kajitani served up another point for a 5-1 lead.
Prudente put down a side out kill and Vargas served up two kills in a four point run. Morales had a kill in the run for a 10-2 lead.
Barrera picked up a kill on a dig for a side out. Alexis Barriga served up an ace for the Toros, but Prudent picked up a side out kill. She then served up two points for a 13-4 lead.
Franchesca Chiusano served up an ace in a three-point Toros’ run to cut the lead to five.
Ramirez picked up a tip kill and Kajitani recorded a kill for a 16-8 lead.
Bryance Gonzales got a kill for a Torres side out, but Ramirez got a kill on a dig for the side out.
Escobar served the Stallions to the win. She served up three straight aces. Vargas and Kenverly Diaz put down kills to get to set point. Escobar aced the Toros for a 25-9 win.
Escobar served up the first six points of the second set. Kelly Barrios put down two kills while Prudente and Ramirez had one each.
Meanwhile, the Toros came back and cut the lead down to two.
A Ramirez side out kill led to an Escobar ace and another Ramirez kill for a 15-10 lead.
Sabrina Cerrillo got a side out kill for the Toros and then recorded a solo block to cut the lead to three.
After a Torres missed serve, Ramirez served up two aces for an 18-12 lead. Ariana Varela put down a side out kill for the Toros, but Prudente quickly gave the serve back to Madera South with a kill.
Prudente put down a tip kill and Diaz got a kill on a bump for a 22-13 lead.
Barrera served up three aces in a row for the Toros to cut the lead to five.
After a missed serve, Jailin Ventura put down a kill for set point. After a Toros side out, Torres hit into the net for a 25-18 Stallions’ win.
In the third set, Prudente served up three aces and put down a kill for a 7-0 lead.
The Stallions got side out kills from Vargas and Ramirez and a solo block from Morales for an 11-3 lead.
The Toros got aces from Emily Mendoza and Sarah Guillen to cut the lead down to five.
Ramirez got a tip kill for a side out and Prudente recorded an ace for a 16-8 lead.
Barriga got a Toros side out, but Ramirez got the serve back with a kill. Barriga added a solo block, but the Stallions got the side out. Ramirez served up two straight aces for a 20-12 lead.
Barrios added an ace for a 23-14 lead. Torres scored three straight points, including an ace from Gonzales, to cut the lead to six.
Prudente put down a kill for the side out and match point. Ramirez ended the match with her ninth kill for a 25-17 win.