There was plenty of local high school girls volleyball to go around on Tuesday, with many teams in the thick of some tight league races.
Buena 3, Dos Pueblos 2
The Chargers suffered a five-set loss to the Bulldogs, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 17-15.
Despite pulling out two tightly contested sets, Dos Pueblos couldn’t pick up a win in either of the final two sets.
Lia Papador and Addie Low led the way offensively with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Halle Rillie once again racked up the assists with 27.
Defensively, Sonia Mancuso and Atasha Black each had 11 digs.
With the loss, the Chargers now have a league record of 6-4.
Carpinteria 3, Malibu 0
The Warriors dominated in the form of a three-set sweep over Malibu, 25-15, 25-22, 25-5.
Carpinteria got a 15-dig performance from Ashlee Mora en route to the win. Also contributing were Alexiana Jaimes with 15 assists and Averi Alexander, who had 13 kills and five digs.
With the win, the Warriors moved to 9-5 on the year with a 6-2 record in league.
La Reina 3, Bishop Diego 0
Bishop Diego was on the receiving end of a sweep by La Reina, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20.
Eliana Urzua led the Cardinal attack with 20 kills, two blocks and an ace.
“La Reina has a strong group of players who maximize their strengths,” Bishop Diego coach Dillan Bennett said. “They have a great middle and a setter who can get her the ball from almost anywhere.
“Their role players do all they can to make sure that connection happens and minimize their own errors.”
Bishop Diego, now 12-12 overall and 2-3 in league play, will host Cate on Thursday.
“As we get into the crunch time of our season, we’re going to need to step up and play similar to La Reina and execute at a little higher level than we played tonight,” Bennett said.
Cate 3, St. Bonaventure 0
The Rams turned in a strong performance in a sweep of St. Bonaventure, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20.
Cate held the lead early and never looked back in the first set, played a back-and-forth matchup in the set-two win and came from behind in the third and final set.
“We played some good volleyball from the beginning to the end tonight,” Cate coach Jordon Dyer said. “Our serve-receive passing was steady throughout the match, and we didn’t give up any major serving runs.
“Definitely played complimentary volleyball tonight and it was really fun to be a part of.”
Fallon Erickson made several key digs and turned in nine aces to lead the Rams to a win. Mel Davidson and Oyin Opawumi each registered a double-double for the fourth game in a row.
“Both Mel and Oyin are consistently producing for us which is awesome considering we just changed the lineup a few weeks ago,” Dyer said. “It’s great to see Mel grow as a hitter and Oyin grow as a setter.
“Overall both coach Ben and I were very pleased with the team’s performance tonight. We’ll have to string together another good game this Thursday against a tough Bishop team.”
Foothill Tech 3, Laguna Blanca 0
The Owls lost a pair of two-point sets in the Tri-Valley League match in Ventura. The set scores were 25-23, 25-15, 28-26.
“We are searching for ways to close out games,” said coach Jason Donnelly. “We are consistently right there but are having trouble finishing. A few too many mental errors at the wrong time hurt, particularly against the Tri-Valley League competition.”
Sarah Woodhouse led the Owls with nine kills and five digs. Natalie Bianchi and Sophie Otte each had five kills. Otte served eight aces and Bianchi had 10 digs.
Laguna Blanca (8-9, 0-6 in the TVL) hosts first-place La Reina on Thursday.