Fri, Oct 12 2012 01:10 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The high school girls volleyball season is already nearing the midway point of South Bay League play. It’s been exciting so far, especially if you happen to be a member of the Castle Park Trojans.
Castle Park ran its league record to 6-0 by claiming a 3-2 victory at Chula Vista on Oct. 4.
The host Spartans entered the match with a 3-1 league record, and a chance to earn a share of first place in the standings with a victory.
Chula Vista won the opening game 25-21 but the Trojans rallied to win the next two games by scores of 25-20 and 25-15 to put the Spartans on the brink.
But the hosts responded to win the fourth game, 25-21, to force a deciding fifth game, in which the Spartans promptly built a 4-1 lead.
Chula Vista led 6-3 in the tiebreaker match before momentum suddenly shifted — and shifted in a major way. CP’s Janica Abagat served nine straight points to put her team up 12-7 and in the driver’s seat.
The Spartans closed to within 13-10 but the visitors eventually closed out a 15-11 victory.
Kanisha Sampson led the Trojans with 19 kills while setter Maya Lyda racked up 29 assists and Jocelyne Rojas had six aces.
Castle Park improved to 6-3 overall with the hard-fought win.
“Our players are working hard in practice,” Trojan coach Aaron Partch said. “They have the results to show for it but we still haven’t put three good games together.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum. They got going with some. We battled back and got the momentum.”
For Chula Vista, Alexis Arredondo totaled 14 kills while Carly McCoy had 12 kills and eight blocks.
The Spartans dropped to 8-8 overall with the setback.
The teams rematch in the final league game of the season Oct. 30 at Castle Park.
Sweetwater won last year’s league title with a 12-0 showing, followed by Montgomery, Southwest and Castle Park in the standings. The Red Devils entered their Oct. 4 match-up against visiting Mar Vista 2-2 in league play, 6-11 overall.
Montgomery improved to 4-1 in league following its 3-0 sweep at Southwest on Oct. 4.
Otay Ranch handed Hilltop its first league loss on Oct. 4 by sweeping the teams’ match-up at The Ranch by scores of 25-13, 25-14, 25-19.
Carlee Wood led the Mustangs (2-0 in league play, 15-10 overall) with 17 kills while Miranda Brumbaugh collected 28 assists and Megan Angerstein had 13 digs.
Wood, a senior outside hitter, has racked up 203 kills, 177 digs and 54 aces on the season while Brumbaugh has collected 457 assists and junior libero Angerstein has a team-leading 284 digs.
Wood entered the season as the Mustangs’ career kills leader with 503 while Angerstein entered the season as the school’s all-time leader in digs (1,208) and aces (153).
Otay Ranch is returning 10 players from last year’s 17-7 team that finished third in league play and lost in the opening round of the CIF playoffs to Scripps Ranch.
The Mustangs opened the season with a 3-4 showing at the San Luis Obispo Midstate Invitational Sept. 7-8 and a 4-2 outing at the Otay Ranch South Bay Invitational Sept. 14-15.
Hilltop dropped to 10-4 overall with the loss.
Eastlake finished 6-1 at the Otay Ranch tourney, ending play with a 2-1 loss to La Salle after recording consecutive wins against Mira Mesa, Anaheim Connelly, Mission Hills, Whittier Christian, Point Loma and Otay Ranch.
Mesa League standings
Bonita Vista 2-0 (10-7), Otay Ranch 2-0 (15-10), Eastlake 1-1 (14-5), Hilltop 1-1 (10-4), Mater Dei Catholic 1-2 (7-8), Olympian 0-2 (7-8)
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