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The first weekend of the volleyball season went well for the top teams in Long Beach and the Moore League, with Lakewood, Poly, Wilson, Millikan and Cabrillo all competing in the Lakewood/Molten tournament. The Lancers and Jackrabbits compete in Division 1 at Artesia while Wilson and Millikan compete in Division 2 at Wilson; the teams went 6-2 combined that day, with the Lancers, Bruins and Rams all going 2-0.
All teams will play matches next Saturday, we will publish a match schedule for that day early next week.
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No wonder the defending Moore League champions got their season off to a good start by sweeping La Canada to start the day and then sweeping South Torrance, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18.
“We’re still allowing too many unforced errors, we allowed 35 points in Game 1,” Lakewood coach Mike Wadley said. “
The Lancers knew they would rely on their primary point guard trio of outside hitter Samarah DaCoud, setter Fatima Hall and libero Cortni Youngblood, and they did so from day one. DaCoud appears to be one of the gems of the SoCal volleyball scene as she played over the net in both games and also showed off a high-speed jump serve.
“She jumps high and she swings hard and she sees the terrain really well,” Wadley said of her commitment to New Mexico.
DaCoud had 17 kills in the Lancers’ two games.
Hall led the Lancers offense to a .326 offense against South, and Youngblood posted a team-high 15 digs.
The good news for the Lancers is that their young players or players in new positions also seem to be arriving earlier than expected. Lala Hall contributed throughout, as did Zaria Thornton, who had the decisive game midway through the first set against South. Jade Epps made the transition to the OH2 position smoothly and had seven kills.
DaCoud said the team’s ability to onboard new players quickly comes from their off-field chemistry.
“If I play alongside Jade, who hasn’t been an outsider, I know here and I know what she’s comfortable with and what she’s not comfortable with,” said DaCoud. “We all know how to support each other.”
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The Jackrabbits were shorthanded without starting the Taylor Mercado libero on opening weekend and are using the early part of the non-league season to try to figure out what to do at the all-important setter position. Junior Halie McGinest, the team’s top hitter, was commissioned as a setter last year due to a lack of other options and coach Megan Moenoa is looking at how to move forward this season .
The Jackrabbits lost their opener in straight sets, then fell to St. Joseph in their second game 26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17.
“We didn’t look so good this morning, but I was really happy with how the team reacted and fought back in game two with a completely different formation to what we even tried. all week,” Moenoa said.
The Jackrabbits went for a 6-2 in the morning but had McGinest back as the lone passer in the afternoon, with Imajaleah Goggins (8 kills) on the right side and Saniay Kimbrough (8 kills) and Cynthia Hinajosa (8 kills) ). McGinest did a good job moving the ball, and the Jackrabbits definitely have a bright spot with their athletic young midfielders. Sophomores Kristen Dear and Layla Moore combined eight kills at MB.
JoJo Fuamatu had 12 libero recoveries.
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The Bruins won both games on Saturday beating Bishop Amat and West Torrance to win their pool.
The Rams swept Canyon then beat Valley Christian in five sets to win their pool that day. Rams coach Ashleigh Atsaros said Elle Lundahl had a good day, as did opposing forward Jackie Frost.
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The Jaguars fell to Whittier and La Salle, both in four sets.