Continuing their preseason excellence, the Escalon Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Girls picked up three wins last week. They shut out Orestimba and Enochs, 3-0, and edged Ripon Christian, 3-1.
“It’s been a long and fruitful week,” head coach Teresa Williamson said of the trio of competitions. “Everyone contributes to our victories. Each player does his part and dominates in his place.
Against Ripon Christian, the final was 3-1 in favor of Escalon with scores of 2-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-14.
“Ripon Christian was our game of the week,” Williamson said. “Two great teams fought until the end.”
Rylie Lattig had 41 assists, 3 blocks while Emily Vickers had 19 kills, 20 digs. Gianna Bava also played well 15 kills, 2 aces; Carsyn Hood 8 killed; Sophia Martin 5 kills, 4 recoveries; Lisa Murga 4 blocks; Faye Hernandez 27 digs, 2 aces; Macie Vickers 12 digs.
The scores for the 3-0 win over Enochs were 25-19, 25-10, 25-13. The leaders were Lattig 27 assists, 4 aces; Emily Vickers 14 kills, 6 aces, 15 digs; Bava 7 kills, 3 aces; Claire Barkus, Mallory Berhorst, Carsyn Hood all with 1 block each and Faye Hernandez 12 digs.
Escalon beat Orestimba in threes, 25-9, 25-19, 25-13. Familiar names dominated the leaderboard, with Lattig with 41 assists, 2 aces, 1 block, 10 digs; Emily Vickers 19 kills, 4 aces, 14 digs; Bava 8 kills, 2 blocks; Hood 8 kills, 2 aces; Hernandez and Macie Vickers 7 digs each; Madison Smith 2 wins; Barkus 3 blocks; Berhorst and Murga 2 blocks each.
“We’re on the road Tuesday to face Hilmar in our first league match,” Williamson said, with that contest scheduled for Sept. 6, after The Times went to press. Freshmen, JV, and varsity all start the Trans-Valley League campaign with the game on the road.
University-only is scheduled at home on Wednesday, September 7 against Modesto Christian with a 6 p.m. start and all three teams travel to Oakdale for a non-league game on Thursday, September 8 with games at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. .
Starting the match against Ripon Christian on Tuesday August 30, the JV Lady Cougars battled again but came up short, losing in three sets.
“They’re a good team and they’re challenging us,” coach Shay Beam said. “I wish we could have come out on top.”
The scores were 25-15, 22-25, 13-15.
Madyson Herrera had eight aces and nine kills, she and libero Natalie Giuntoli each had eight digs. Karisa McNeil had 23 assists and Marissa Terry added a block.
“On Wednesday we traveled to Modesto to face Enochs,” Beam said, his team dropping the first set 23-25. “We made a few mistakes but we pulled ourselves together in the second game to win 25-11. we lost 13-15.
Chloe Fraser had four kills and seven digs while Herrera added seven kills and four digs. McNeil provided 17 assists.
On Thursday, they capped off a busy week on the road with a match at Orestimba.
“We came out slow and lost the first set 23-25 but cleaned it up in games two and three winning 25-18 and 15-6,” Beam said of the win.
Herrera had 12 kills, four aces and eight digs; McNeil 14 assists, six digs and two kills; Fraser seven wins.
“After a long week on the road, I think we can enter the league with a hunger for competition and hard work,” Beam said.