Eliana Urzua racked up 29 kills as Bishop Diego girls volleyball picked up a sweep over Tri-Valley League rival Cate on Thursday, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21.
“I was pleased with how we responded at home after a disappointing match at La Reina,” Cardinals coach Dillan Bennett said. “Cate came off a strong victory against St. Bonaventure, and we executed at a pretty high level tonight.
“I feel like we play well when everyone understands their role and what we need out of each player to win a match.”
Along with her 29 kills, Urzua had a block and an ace. Sage and Wynter Thorne-Thomsen each made an impact as well, with Sage collecting five kills, two aces and one block while Wynter had a pair of aces and played strong defense.
“We passed the ball off the net, giving our hitters a chance to hit the ball in a good location, and our hitters did a nice job attacking holes in their defense,” Bennett said.
“We have a big week next week hosting Laguna Blanca and traveling to St. Bonaventure; two must-win games if we want to qualify for playoffs.”
The win brought Bishop Diego’s overall season record to 12-11.
Cate, meanwhile, will be on the road against St. Bonaventure on Friday.
“Bishop is well-coached, and their players stuck to the game plan, good job by them,” Cate coach Jorxon Dyer said. “We struggled to go on any serving runs in the first two games, by the time we found some rhythm in the third game it was too little too late.
“I look forward to hosting Bishop in a few weeks and anticipate a good match.”
Dos Pueblos 3, Oxnard 0
The Chargers traveled to Oxnard and came away with a sweep of the Yellow Jackets, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12.
Halle Rillie spread the offensive attack around equally, totaling 24 assists and getting four of her teammates at least five kills.
Jayden Jones and Sonia Mancuso led the way with six kills apiece and Grace Posey and Lia Papador each had five. Jones added six digs and five aces while Papador tallied 12 digs and three aces.
“I’m super proud of our effort tonight,” Dos Pueblos coach Megan O’Carroll said. “Coming off of a tough loss to Buena on Tuesday, our girls refocused and took care of business tonight in a must-win match against a strong Oxnard team.”
The win brought the Chargers’ league record to 7-4.
Santa Barbara 3, Pacifica 0
The Dons dominated in a three-set sweep of Pacifica at home, 25-4, 25-13, 25-12.
“The girls did a good job running some plays and playing consistently tonight,” Santa Barbara coach Kristin Hempy said. “We got great production out of our setters and hitters, especially Nicole and Emmy tonight.
Nichole Scheutz and Emmy Werner combined for 24 kills in the win, with Scheutz picking up 14 and Werner following with 10 of her own.
Also contributing offensively were Whitney Meister and Serena Byrd, who had five kills apiece.
Gwen Chenoweth dished out many of those kills, racking up 20 assists to go along with six aces. Stella Borgioli also made an impact with 10 assists.
“Everyone is looking sharp as we head to Goleta next week to take on Dos Pueblos on Tuesday,” Hempy said.
Carpinteria 3, Channel Islands 1
The Warriors won back-to-back sets to clinch a four-set win over Channel Islands, 26-24, 11-25, 25-23, 25-16.
“We were not at our best tonight but we made plays on the important points,” Carpinteria coach Marc Denitz said.
Liz Alpizar led the offense with 13 kills while Alexiana Jaimes turned in 15 assists.
Defensively, Ashlee Mora picked up an impressive 17 digs and Jessie Marquez collected seven.
The Warriors are 10-5 on the season and 7-2 in league play.