West Ranch v-ball overcomes early setback against Hart

West Ranch’s Victoria Del Rosario (24) reaches for a dig during a volleyball game against Hart on Tuesday. The Wildcats won 3-1. Katharine Lotze/Signal

A sweep by Valencia on October 13 and a game-one loss Tuesday night to Hart couldn’t derail the dream season West Ranch High is having.

The Wildcats rebounded to beat Hart, 3-1, at West Ranch in order to keep pace with the Vikings for first place in the Foothill League.

Game scores were: 21-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21.

“Since I’ve been here, we haven’t beaten Hart, so to beat them twice in one season is a step in the right direction for us,” said West Ranch coach Brandon Pank.

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The night began with the Wildcats in control of game one, jumping out to a 20-13 lead. The Indians then embarked on a 12-1 run with the help of two kills by Ashley Cosey and two aces from Makenna Fall.

“It was a testament to them staying in control and keeping their composure,” said Hart coach Mary Irilian of her team’s game-one win.

Hart’s Madi Fay (5) celebrates a point over West Ranch with teammates Tuesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Hart’s Madi Fay (5) celebrates a point over West Ranch with teammates Tuesday. Katharine Lotze/Signal

West Ranch (19-8-1 overall, 7-1 in Foothill League) was able to recover due in large part to freshman Allison Jacobs, who led the Wildcats with 17 kills, including a ferocious spike to close out game three and put West Ranch up 2-1 heading into the fourth game.

“It’s the preparation in practice,” Jacobs said in reference to her intense style of play, “I love my sister (Katie Jacobs) setting me, we have a connection that’s incredible.”

A majority of Allison Jacobs’ kills came in a game two that saw six ties and three lead changes before West Ranch escaped to tie the match, 1-1. Katie Jacobs’ 36 assists on the night and Allison’s 15 digs led the Wildcats.

West Ranch looked like it would easily win game four, leading 14-7. The Indians had other ideas, however, as they cut the deficit to 23-21 behind Madi Fay’s strong play (she finished with 14 kills and four blocks).

Two kills in a row by Tasha Skabelund gave the Wildcats the game and the 3-1 win, with a Thursday night home match against Canyon next on their schedule.

Hart, who was led by Alyssa Cosey’s 20 assists, hosts Saugus on Thursday night.

Valencia 3, Saugus 0

The Valencia Vikings swept the Saugus Centurions 3-0 at Saugus High School Tuesday night. The win keeps the Vikings (7-1 in league) tied with West Ranch for first place in the Foothill League.

The game scores were: 25-16, 25-17, and 25-15.

Briana Plunk led the way for the Centurions with 6 kills and a .556 hitting percentage. Holly Prioli had 13 digs. Saugus (4-4 in Foothill League) travels to Hart High School to face the Indians on Thursday.

Valencia, led by Bri Coleman’s 13 kills, .524 hitting percentage, and four blocks, and Kiora Sanchez’s 20 assists, take on the Golden Valley Grizzlies on Thursday at Golden Valley High School.

Canyon 3, Golden Valley 1

Canyon defeated the Golden Valley Grizzlies, 3-1, Tuesday night at Canyon High school to bring their Foothill League record to 2-7 on the year.

The game scores were: 25-19, 16-25, 25-14, and 25-21.

The Grizzlies drop to 1-8 in league play and host the Foothill-leading Valencia Vikings on Thursday.

The Cowboys travel to West Ranch High School on Thursday to face the Wildcats.

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