The Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball team put it all together in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division V first-round tournament match with visiting New Life Christian (Marysville) Monday.
The third-seeded Lady Falcons dominated both sides of the ball in a 15-1, 15-2, 15-1 win over the No.13 Lady Crusaders.
FLC senior outside hitter Leyna Allred, who finished with a match-high six kills and tied Brynne Edwards for the team-high in aces with four, said her team was ready from the get-go.
“We wanted this match. We didn’t know exactly how (good their team would be), so we were really intense,” she said.
FLC will host the winner of the No. 6 Central Catholic (Modesto)/Valley Christian (Roseville) match at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“Tonight was really the first time all season I saw the girls not play down to the level of a weaker opponent. That’s been our problem all year. Usually we’d play up in the first game, then (we’d lose our intensity), but not tonight,” FLC head coach Travis Smith said.
FLC senior Shari Spangler, who tallied a pair of aces, impressed Smith.
“She was very inconsistent in the beginning of the year with her hitting from the opposite side and her serving, and now she’s become a very tough server. She’s also hitting very well, her setting ability has improved and she’s really turned it on with her passing,” Smith said.
Edwards also had four kills.
Megan Paulk finished with two kills, two aces and six assists in the win. Melody Bayless had a pair of kills and a block.
Hayley Gowin chipped in a team-high eight assists. Micah Violet had a block.
shuts out Armijo
Ali Daley had a match-high 11 kills and six aces to lead the third-seeded Nevada Union girls volleyball team to a 15-0, 15-4, 15-2 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I first round tournament win over No. 14 Armijo (Fairfield) Monday.
NU will host the winner of the No. 6 Bear Creek (Stockton)/Johansen (Modesto) match at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“It was really nice to see us come out and play with so much focus. Everything worked for us tonight,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said.
NU’s Erin Zajac finished with eight kills and three aces.
Elena Schmidt chipped in five kills and six digs. Leann Tovar posted a team-high eight digs. Amanda Benson had six digs.
Keys to victory
No. 3 Forest Lake defeated
No. 14 New Life Christian
Outside hitting – FLC got consistent scoring from the outside from Brynne Edwards, Leyna Allred and Melody Bayless.
Hitting percentage – FLC connected on 33 of 35 hit attempts.
No. 3 NU defeated
No. 14 Armijo (Fairfield)
Hitting percentage – NU didn’t commit a single hitting error.
Outside hitting and serving – NU’s outside hitters Ali Daley and Erin Zajac combined for 19 kills and nine aces.
Defense – Leanne Tovar, Amanda Benson and Elena Schmidt combined for 20 digs.
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