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Scots finally win one

September 20, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — For four years there has been one constant for the Vincent Memorial High volleyball team … losing.

At the end of every recent season Vincent's numbers of wins has resembled a bagel.

That all changed here Wednesday as the Scots won a match, defeating West Shores 3-1.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of Vincent's win was senior Monica Mendoza, who has played on the Scots' varsity for three years.

"It feels good to win after all the hard work I put in and after all that losing," said the 17-year-old Mendoza. "I'm just really happy about this … to finally win a match."

Things haven't come easily for Mendoza, though, as she's played for three coaches in three systems over the past three seasons. Now she is the only senior on the Scots' squad.


"Right now everything is different. Before this year, I've never played with these other girls. Everything they're doing is new to me," said Mendoza, who finished the match with eight points and two kills. "They're playing a different system and playing with different techniques, so I have to readjust to them. But now that we've won, hopefully all this will carry over to our next match."

While the Scots won, the match wasn't handed to them.

After winning the first game 15-8, West Shores bounced back with a 15-12 victory to tie the contest at 1-1.

Vincent answered in the third game as Christian Soto and Marcia Avellaneda combined for seven straight points to lead the Scots to a 15-12 win. Avellaneda finished the match with 20 points and two kills.

Vincent had little trouble ripping West Shores in the fourth set. Led by five consecutive service points from Mariela Valenzuela and a spurt of four points from Soto, the Scots wrapped up the match with a 15-8 win in the fourth.

"I think Vincent did a great job out there," said West Shores coach Kurt Benjamin. "They just had good hitting, good passing and just hustled."

Said Scots' coach Karla Tapia of her team's victory: "Hopefully this is just one of many. I really don't look at the past and what the team's record was, I just look at this year. As far as today goes, we didn't really play our best. We usually play better. We missed a few things, but we still have to work on them. Like I said, I'm happy we got this win. I just hope there's more to come."

Vincent (1-1) will play at West Shores at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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