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Volleyball: Vikings repay Bulldogs for loss

October 24, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — Less than a month ago the Calexico High volleyball team made short work of Holtville, blanking the squad 3-0.

It was a tough Imperial Valley League loss for Holtville, but it knew the time would come when it would avenge the defeat.

That time arrived Tuesday as the Vikings disposed of Calexico 15-5, 15-7 and 15-3.

"We lost to them the first time we played them and we really wanted this even more," said Mykell Johnston, who finished with nine points and two kills. "I felt that we should've won the last time we played, so we kind of wanted that win back.

"The key just ended up being that we were all just having fun out there. And because of that, we were able to work really well together."

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While everything seemed to be clicking for the Vikings, the same could not be said for Calexico, whose team dropped to 5-5 in the IVL. Aside from scoring only 15 points the entire match, the Bulldogs committed 34 passing errors and 10 service errors.

"This was just totally the opposite from the last time we played," said Calexico coach Cami Mohamed. "When we beat them, we played really well, didn't have many errors compared to how many they had. This time Holtville played the game with very few errors and played pretty flawless."

Leading the Vikings were Michelle Strahm, who outscored Calexico on her own with 17 service points — four of which were aces — and 14 assists. Erin Cato had 11 points and Regan Rothfleisch came away with 12 kills, two points and a block.

Early on, the match seemed to belong to Strahm as she scored 10 points in the first frame, including seven in a row, leading the Vikings to a 10-point win.

The second game was tight through the first eight points, but Johnston took over service and accounted for five straight points to give the Vikings a 9-4 advantage. The Bulldogs put together a rally to come within three points, at 10-7. However, Holtville's Cato and Claudia Lopez went on a tear, scoring the next five points.

The third game of the match was a blowout as Holtville put its stamp on the contest, thrashing Calexico by 12 points. Up 13-3, Viking coach Valerie Deyo went to her "bullpen" and brought in Cato to close. Like she helped do in the first two games, Cato dropped the hammer on the Bulldogs.

"Calexico is a very scrappy team and they always keep coming at you," said Deyo. "But we were able to play well as a team … this was just a good team effort. I was really pleased with the way the team played and overall it was just a good game for us."

Leading the Bulldogs in the defeat were Monica Garcia with five kills and Alexa Sandoval with nine digs.

Holtville (7-3 IVL) will host Central Union High at 6 p.m. Thursday and Calexico will compete in an alumni game Thursday at home.

Imperial 3, Central 0

The Imperial High volleyball team had little trouble dismantling Central Union High as it defeated the squad 15-9, 15-9, 15-5 in Imperial Valley League action in El Centro on Tuesday.

Leading Imperial were Andrea Aguirre with five kills and four blocks, Melanie Medina with four points and four kills and Amy Holtz with six points and 10 digs.

The win improves the Tigers IVL record to 7-3, a tie for second place with Holtville.

Imperial will play at Brawley at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Brawley 3, Palo Verde 1

BLYTHE — The Brawley Union High School volleyball team stopped Palo Verde 3-1 in IVL action here Tuesday.

The Wildcats won the match 15-5, 11-15, 15-2, 15-0 to improve to 20-5 overall and 11-0 in the IVL.

Brawley will next play at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Imperial.

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