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September 21, 2010 > Girls prep volleyball recap

Girls prep volleyball recap

By Biff Jones

Photo by Mike Heightchew

High school girls volleyball wrapped up most of the preseason last week with nonconference and tournament play. They will start league play this week.

Local teams in the Bay Counties League, California School for the Deaf Eagles and Fremont Christian High School Warriors, saw CSD go 1-1 last week while Fremont went 0-2. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Warriors lost at San Leandro High School, 3-0, and Thursday, Sept. 16, they lost at Irvington High School, also 3-0. Next week they play Millennium High School of Tracy at home on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, the Warriors open league play at Contra Costa Christian High School.

Coach Katrina Pedersen's Eagles traveled to San Domenico High School of San Anselmo last Tuesday, Sept. 14, and came away with a 3-1 victory (25-23, 25-8, 11-25, 25-10). CSD was led by Alexandrina Brinkley-Green with nine aces, nine digs and six kills.

According to Pedersen, "Freshmen Darriyan Thomas and LiAn Jackson showed that they belonged on the court with their defense." Thomas had 10 digs, three kills and an ace while Jackson came up with eight digs. Setter Malage LeBlanc had 10 assists and six aces. Two days later, the Eagles traveled to Valley Christian High School of Dublin and lost 3-0. Next week, CSD hosts Fremont Christian on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.

Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play last week saw coach Lindsay Simeone's Cougars of Newark Memorial High School come up with two, 3-0 home wins. Tuesday they defeated Skyline High School of Oakland (25-5, 25-15, 25-9) and Thursday, Hayward High School fell 25-9, 25-16, 25-8.

Against Skyline, Cougar leaders were Kelsey Peace with eight kills and three blocks; Amy Blakley had four kills, three blocks and an ace; and Libby Snyder notched 18 assists and five aces. In the Hayward match, top players were Ariella Grozbord with four kills, four digs and an ace; Blakley with four kills and a block; and Snyder with her 15 assists and two kills. Newark is now 5-1 on the year and start MVAL play this Thursday, Sept. 23, at Mission San Jose High School.

John F. Kennedy High School Titians defeated Tennyson High School last Tuesday, Sept. 14, 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-14). Leading JFK were Paige Mattsson-Boze with three kills and three digs; Audrey Schlachter with eight aces; and Kelsy Fine seven assists. In the Oak Grove High School Invitational at San Jose last Saturday, Sept. 18, the Titians were defeated 2-0 (25-19, 25-20) by Gunderson High School of San Jose.

Also last Saturday, Washington High School lost 2-0 (25-20, 25-18) to Branson High School of Ross in the Albany Cougar Challenge. Other MVAL games saw James Logan High School defeat Valley Christian 3-2; American High School over San Leandro, 3-1; and Irvington lose to Moreau Catholic High School, 3-2.

Hayward Area Athletic League play had Moreau Catholic beat Ygnacio Valley High School 3-0. HAAL schools playing in the San Lorenzo High School Varsity Tournament saw Alameda High School defeat both Tennyson (2-0: 25-17, 25-10) and Mt. Eden High School twice by the score of 2-0 (25-13, 25-17 and 25-13, 25-16). Tennyson also lost to Berkeley High School 2-0 (25-9, 25-9).

Milpitas High School of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, El Camino Division lost last Monday, Sept. 13, to American, 3-1, and on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to Leland High School of San Jose, 3-2. Then last Thursday, Sept. 16, Milpitas picked up its first win of the year against Leigh High School of San Jose, 3-1.

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