Volleyball: Hot start for Redwood
The Rangers have only one set loss through the first two weeks of the season
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
VISALIA – For the third year in a row, the Ranger volleyball team has had an amazing start to the season. After defeating Monache on Thursday in a four-set matchup, Redwood has moved to a perfect 5-0 on the year, an identical start to 2018. Although the season is still young, Maxpreps has the Rangers ranked as the best team in California’s central section. They are also ranked fourth in division three, the state.
The Marauders arguably gave the Rangers their hardest challenge of the season so far. They are also enjoying a nice start, as they came into this matchup 3-1 after winning their first three games of the year. This win was extra sweet for the Redwood, as they were swept by Monache last year for their second loss of 2018. The two teams were competitive for all four sets, beginning with a 7-7 start in the first. Redwood began to find their stride, scoring ten of the next thirteen points, pushing their lead to 17-10. This prompted a timeout by Monache’s head coach Rosalia Quinones, who seemed to light a fire under her team. They came out with three straight points, and worked hard to shorted the lead to 22-19. This prompted a timeout by Redwood’s Alana Montagomery, who wanted to ensure that her team did not blow their lead. Monache was able to cut the deficit down to one point before the Rangers closed them out for a final score of 25-22.
The intense battle continued into the second, with another back and forth start for both teams. The teams were trading leads, and Monache seemed to gain momentum with each point they scored. They were up 17-15 which prompted a timeout by Redwood. It didn’t matter as the Marauders carried their lead until the end, winning 25-19 and giving the Rangers their first set loss of the season. Nonetheless, they were unfazed. They didn’t let the loss affect them heading into another competitive set. Each serve and spike was met with a dig and reception. Each point was hard earned, as the two teams had to capitalize off the smallest mistakes. They were trading leads, and Redwood gained the upper hand. They turned a tie game, into a two-point lead, then eventually a five-point lead. Quinones could see the game slowly slipping and called a timeout to talk things over with her squad. It didn’t stop the Ranger momentum as they won the set 25-19.
The fourth set was no different than the others. A hard fought and competitive battle, with several lead changes until late in the set. Redwood closed out the night with a 25-20 win to stay unbeaten on the season.