Volleyball teams conclude successful preseason campaign

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With plenty of games behind them, Escalon’s varsity volleyball team is ready for the Trans-Valley League game. The season was due to start on Tuesday, September 7 at home, welcoming Hilmar.

University head coach Teresa Williamson has seen the team grow together during the preseason and they have a few goals in mind as they enter the league.

This week they passed Central Catholic, Gregori and Linden, improving their preseason mark to 12-1.

They beat Central Catholic 3-1 in the Foundation Game and got a remarkable effort from Rylie Lattig with three aces, seven digs and 25 assists. Mandy Murphy and Emily Vickers each had 16 kills, Bella Cormack added 12. Grace Ferreira had 24 digs and Vickers scored 15, while Cormack had four blocks.

Against Gregori it was a 3-0 victory.

“Ryle Lattig had three aces and 14 assists, Carsyn Hood had 14,” said Williamson.

The elimination leaders were again Murphy with 12, Vickers with 11. Murphy also had 12 digs, Ferreira recording 20 digs, Cormack and Mallory Berhorst each had three blocks.

“Giana Bava and Emily Vickers had three aces,” Williamson said of the stat leaders for Linden’s 3-0 sweep. “Ryle Lattig with 19 assists and Carsyn Hood with 16.”

Murphy added 13 kills in the game, Vickers and Cormack each have nine. Ferreira had eight digs and Cormack had five blocks.

JUNIOR DIVERSITY

Shooting a 5-0 streak for their preseason, the Junior College Lady Cougars are excited for the games to come.

“They are hard workers,” said head coach Krystal Rodriguez. “They want the TVL season undefeated as much as anyone else right now, so they know they’re going to have to work for it.”

Last season the team moved to the Valley Oak League for a campaign shortened by COVID, so this year is a bit of a question mark as to what the TVL teams will bring.

“We work on everything in every practice,” Rodriguez noted as he prepared.

During the preseason, the JV Girls beat Enochs, Ripon Christian, Sonora, Orestimba and Buhach.

“Sophia Martin and Macie Vickers are my returning players and athletes who helped last year’s JV team take first place in the Valley Oak League,” said Rodriguez.

They have taken on leadership roles and she said the whole team learns together.

“I think they underestimated themselves and their abilities,” said the coach. “They have already learned and grown so much and now that they see what they are capable of as a strong team of 10, I am very happy to see them grow even more.”

The JV girls had their TVL opener with Hilmar scheduled at home on Tuesday, September 7th.

FRESHNESS

It was a solid preseason for the youngest Lady Cougar on the volleyball court, playing to a 6-0 mark. Wins have come against Ripon Christian, Sonora, Orestimba, Buhach, Gregori and Linden, head coach Shay Beam said.

“I’m super excited for the season,” added Beam. “These girls haven’t had an eighth-grade season, but they have a lot of heart and passion, so that makes up for the lack of a season last year.”

The girls were due to open the Trans-Valley League game against Hilmar in a Tuesday, September 7 game on the home field.


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