Volleyball: Monarchs winless against CVC in 2019 season
For the first time since 2015, the Monarchs lost both games of the season to the Cavaliers
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
VISALIA – The Exeter and CVC matchup are two games that are circled by both teams at the beginning of the year. For a while, it was a very one-sided rivalry with the Cavaliers as the dominant team and the Monarchs hoping to win just one set. But in her first year as head coach in 2016, Samantha Hilvers led Exeter to a victory over CVC for the first time in a while. This season has been a bit of a roller coaster for the Monarchs and a part of that was being swept in the season series against the Cavs.
Exeter exceeded expectations in their first game against CVC, as it was a back and forth matchup that went five sets. In the second game last Wednesday, things were looking good as Exeter got out to a strong lead in the first set.
They were up 10-4 before CVC called a timeout. The Cavs looked a bit rusty as they weren’t getting to balls quick enough and struggled to get the ball over the net.
Meanwhile, the Monarch defense was stellar as they were blocking and digging nearly every attack. That timeout seemed to wake up CVC as they went on a 7-2 run that cut the lead down to one point.
The two teams went back and forth and CVC took a 14-13 lead which incited a timeout by the Monarchs. It didn’t matter as the Cavaliers had found their stride and went on win the set 25-18.
The momentum for CVC carried over into the second set. This set was probably one of the best they had played all season as they seemingly could do no wrong. They were diving all over the court, saving balls that went out of bounds, and there was even a point where one player dug a ball with her feet. They got out to a big 14-5 lead. Exeter didn’t go down easy as they put together a nice run and cut the lead to 21-16, but the Cavs scored four straight to win 25-16.
In the third set, Exeter looked determined to avoid the sweep. They started strong and got out to an early 9-4 lead. CVC got back into it and tied up the match at 12. The two teams went back and forth and the Cavs came out on top, winning 25-20.
“We were emotional…for the first time in a few years we weren’t the favorites [to win the game.] Emotion got the best of the girls.” Hilvers said.
After finishing atop the Central Sequoia League for the last three seasons, the Monarchs are now striving for something even better.
“This year I’m trying to get [the team] to realize that we can still make a run at valley. That’s our goal and focus now.”