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Volleyball roundup: Tigers sweep Hornets in opener

September 06, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — Coming off a three-set victory Tuesday, the Imperial High School volleyball team continued its good start by sweeping Calipatria High 3-0 here Wednesday.

Imperial had little trouble with Calipatria, winning 15-0, 15-3 and 15-3.

"We came out here after a tough-fought match in Coachella and I was a little concerned with how we'd start because it was our first home match and our girls were playing in front of their family and friends," said Tiger coach Rich Ponchione. "But we jumped out to a great start and played a good all-around match. We made very few hitting mistakes and we were just able to execute."

Leading the Tigers' execution were Lindsay Lugo with a game-high 14 points, Melissa Keaton with seven points and Andrea Aguirre with four kills. Jenny Bowlan led Imperial defensively with three blocks.

"I really didn't know what to expect out of our girls, but they played well and just did the little things," said Ponchione. "They're playing really well right now and I just hope we can keep it rolling."


Led by seven straight points from Lugo, the Tigers jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first game. The Hornets were unable to make a defensive stand as Imperial swept the first game 15-0.

Calipatria got its first points in the second game as Sarah Erickson scored to cut the Tiger deficit to 5-1.

The Hornets added two more points in the frame, but couldn't stop the Imperial offense, which was led by Lugo's six points.

Things played out the same in the third game as the Tigers jumped to a 7-0 advantage before giving up two points to the Hornets' Rachel Zajdel. Imperial answered by outscoring Calipatria 8-1 to close the contest.

"They just served better than us and I think serving was a big difference," said Hornet coach J.J. Jackson. "We just need to hustle more and also work on our passing. If you're not able to pass well, then it will affect your team."

Said Aguirre of her team's victory: "I think we had it all together today. We did good and played as a team. We're becoming a real scrappy team and just doing the things that we didn't do last year. I just hope our team can continue to do those little things that are making the difference."

Calipatria (0-1) will play at Palo Verde at 6 p.m. Thursday and Imperial will be at Julian at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Yuma 2, Southwest 0

YUMA — The Southwest High School volleyball team dropped its first match of the year, falling to Yuma 15-10, 15-3 here Wednesday.

Jessica Conway led the Eagles with eight kills. P.J. Enders tallied seven points for Southwest.

The Eagles return to action at 6 p.m. Monday at home in El Centro against La Quinta.

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