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November 4, 2009 > Girls volleyball gearing up for playoffs

Girls volleyball gearing up for playoffs

By Biff Jones

In Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) girls volleyball action, three teams were tied for first in regular season league play. Irvington, Mission San Jose and Washington high schools, all of Fremont, were battling for the top three spots in the MVAL Shaughnessy Tournament going into the final week of the season.

The Shaughnessy Tournament pits the top seed against the fourth seed, while seeds two and three take on each other in the opening round. It is a single-elimination tournament for all involved except the top seed, which must be beaten twice. James Logan High School of Union City will be the number four seed. All games will be played at the number one seed's home court.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Washington Huskies defeated Irvington Vikings, 3-2, with the games scores, 25-22, 24-26, 14-25, 25-23 and 15-6.

For coaches Ashley Eyre and Nicole Rodamer's Huskies, top players were Chessie Santeramo, 8 aces, 11 digs; Cody Bates, 15 digs, 3 kills; Kori Guerra, 13 digs, 6 kills; Jenelle Serex, 11 kills, 4 blocks; and Megan O'Connor, 10 kills, 6 blocks.

Top players for Coach Kim Martin's Vikings were Katie Lopez, 30 kills, 6 blocks, 13 digs; Anaszsa Thompson, 23 digs; Stephanie Hebison, 11 digs; and Danielle Carothers, 10 digs, 2 aces.

Also on Tuesday, American High School of Fremont was defeated by MSJ Warriors, 3-0. Game scores were 25-13, 25-21 and 25-17. Top Eagle players for Coach Fe Basobas-Cacao were Cory Wassom, 7 kills, 2 assists, 3 blocks; Anderian Carbonel, 7 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs; Gisselle Stone, 5 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs; and Chrystal Sakata, 14 assists, 1 kill, 6 digs.

Other MVAL games last week saw Logan defeat Newark Memorial High School 3-1; Irvington over NM, 3-0; MSJ edging Logan 3-2; and Mission winning handily against Washington 3-0.

Mission and Washington's match was to determine who got the number-one seed in the playoffs as the two teams tied for first during the regular season.

On Tuesday, November 3, Mission played Logan and Washington battled Irvington. Winners meet Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m. at MSJ. If Mission losses either Tuesday or Thursday, they will play the Thursday winner on Friday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m., at Mission San Jose High.

In Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) play last week, Moreau Catholic High School of Hayward defeated Castro Valley High School 3-0; Mt. Eden High School of Hayward lost 3-0 to Bishop O'Dowd High School of Oakland; Hayward High School beat San Leandro High School 3-0; and MC also won over San Leandro 3-0.
HAAL will have a nine-team, single-elimination tournament at Castro Valley High.

Top players for Head Coach Lyndsey Mietz's MC Mariners are kill leaders Megan Scully and Melissa Paterson; assists leader Laura Burckhardt; ace leader Stefany Taylor; blocks, Katrina Torres; and digs, Arianna Cruz, Jade Santos, Jessica King and Taylor.

Another Tuesday, Oct. 27, game saw Fremont Christian High School, number two in the Bay Counties League, defeat Emery High School 3-0.

All league playoff winners will move on to the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs with the other teams hoping for at-large bids. Go to the TCV Sports Web site, for all the updated schedules and match results.

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