Volleyball: Monache dominates in season debut
Marauders sweep Lindsay Cardinals in their first match of 2019 volleyball season
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
LINDSAY – The 2019 girls’ volleyball season has officially begun. On Monday, Monache and Lindsay took the court for their first meaningful game of the year, after weeks of grueling practices and competitive scrimmages. Despite Monache being in Division II and Lindsay being in Division IV, it is tradition that the Tulare County rivals open up the season against each other. Monache has had the upper hand over the last several years. They controlled the entire game, winning in a 3-0 sweep for the fourth year in a row.
The Marauders were ready to go from the opening serve. They got out to an early 6-0 lead in the first set which prompted a timeout by Lindsay’s head coach Angel Leon. After another point by Monache, the Cardinals responded with three straight points. Unfortunately for the birds, they could not keep up. The Marauder seniors were too much to handle, specifically Tia Jules, Hally Flynn, and Kristen Watson. The trio traded key plays throughout the match, ensuring that their presence was felt. Jules finished with eight kills while Flynn had seven kills and three aces. Watson, the team’s libero, finished with seven digs and two aces. Monache went on to win the first set 25-12.
Lindsay responded promptly in the second set, getting out to an early 2-0 start. They were not up for long, as the Marauders bounced back to take a 5-3 lead. Nonetheless, Lindsay would not go away without a fight. The two teams continued trading points back and forth. Monache was up 11-10 before they finally took over the game. They scored four unanswered points which pushed their lead to 15-10. They controlled the rest of the set, winning by a score of 25-16.
Finally, in the third set, the two teams traded three points each to start with a 3-3 tie. But with two straight victories, the momentum was on the Marauders side and they took advantage of it. They dominated the rest of the set, and completed the sweep with a final score of 25-11. Another Marauder that played a key role in the win was senior Gabby Cox. She had her hands all over each victory, ending with 28 assists, seven aces, and 11 points. One of the things she was most proud of was the team’s chemistry throughout the match. “I think we played very well as a team,” Cox said. “That was something we worked on a lot and we stayed with it throughout the game.”
Head coach Rosalia Quinones echoed that sentiment, and highlighted that the team needs to continue executing plays if they want to meet their goals this season. “We’ve lost in the quarter finals for three years in a row and we want to get over that hump,” she said. “We need to execute our routine plays and not make errors in those situations.”
The Marauders are defending East Yosemite League champs, after going 10-0 against division rivals. They are eager to defend their title this season and their first league matchup is September 23 against Tulare Union.