Wildcats make short work of Eagles

September 19, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — The well-oiled volleyball machine known as Brawley Union High School improved to 10-2 this season with a quick sweep of Southwest High here Tuesday.

Kristen Colace led the balanced Wildcat attack to 15-4, 15-9 and 15-5 set victories with 16 service points and 11 assists. Leighan Sudduth added seven assists and a game-high eight kills to a match that featured 25 unforced errors by Southwest.

"We're good teammates to each other and our coach (Phil Finnell) really gets after us," said Colace, who had seven service aces. "Everybody is playing great on our team and the discipline this season has really brought us together."

That discipline was evident as Brawley started quickly against the Eagles (1-2 overall).

The Wildcats, who never trailed in the match, took advantage of seven Southwest errors and six service aces in the opening game. Kaylin Rubin and Trisha Fleming had the remainder of the points in the game with two kills each.


Both Southwest points were awarded to Heather McGuire, off a block by Melissa Lerno and kill by Denise Martinez.

The trend continued in the second game as Colace pushed her team in front 10-0 with 10 straight points, including six aces. Southwest recovered to bring the game within 14-9 behind five straight points from P.J. Enders and Jessica Conway, who led the Eagles with seven service points. The comeback was stopped on a Rubin serve when Colace set up Fleming for a kill.

"We just couldn't put it together enough consistently," Eagle coach Karen Saikhon said. "We need to become a more offensive team to compete like this. Our serve-receive was not on tonight.

"We started to come back in the second game but they picked it up again in the third game," she added.

Southwest hung with Brawley early in the third game with the score 3-2 in the Wildcats' favor, but the home team then went on a 12-3 run.

Seventeen errors and 10 mis-serves lengthened the match but Brawley collected points throughout behind Sudduth's five kills and Colace's seven assists. The Wildcats got points from six players in the game, with Rubin serving for the match's final three points.

"Our entire team is interchangeable. I can put in anyone at almost any position," said Finnell. "Overall I felt we played well and we were able to work on our offense. Our serving is the only problem right now, but we're going to work on it."

The Wildcats gaffed on 14 services but had 15 service aces.

Brawley returns to action when it travels to Holtville for a match at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Eagles will play at the same time and date at Imperial.

Holtville 3, Imperial 0

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High School volleyball team swept Imperial 15-7, 15-12, 15-8 here Tuesday.

Regan Rothfleisch led the Vikings with 12 kills and four blocks. Carly Johnson had 12 kills and nine points for Holtville and Michelle Strahm tallied 22 assists and nine points for the Vikings.

The Vikings return to action at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Brawley. Imperial next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Southwest.

Calexico 3, Central 2

The Calexico High School volleyball team rallied to defeat Central Union 12-15, 15-10, 3-15, 15-10, 16-14 here Tuesday.

Arlene Morales led the Bulldogs (2-1) with 16 assists and nine kills. Melissa Noriega had 10 kills and Monica Garcia had nine kills and three blocks.

The Bulldogs will be back in action at 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Palo Verde. Central will next play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Palo Verde in Blythe.

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