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Vikings fall out of quarterfinal round

November 09, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High School volleyball team's season concluded here Thursday as the Vikings fell 3-1 to Horizon Christian in the quarterfinals of the San Diego Section Division IV Playoffs.

The Vikings dropped the first two games 13-15, 15-11 before winning the third 15-12 and losing the final 15-4.

Holtville's biggest problem was trying to stop the Panthers' Megan Dailey, who finished the game with 14 points, 17 kills, 10 assists and seven blocks.

The Vikings' Regan Rothfleisch matched Dailey with 17 kills while Shelli Strahm had 16 assists and Carley Johnson added nine kills.

The first two games were tales of missed opportunities for Holtville. In both games the Vikings took strong leads only to watch Horizon come roaring back.

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The Panthers took a 6-5 lead in the first game before Strahm led Holtville to an 11-6 advantage with five service points. Erin Cato added two more points for the Vikings, who held a 13-6 advantage but could not close the door on the first game.

Led by two Dailey kills and one Dailey block, Casey Wilson scored seven points to tie the game at 13-13. Benefiting from another Dailey kill and a Viking error, Wilson put away the game with two more points.

The second game again found Holtville taking an early lead. Cato scored three more points to help the Vikings to a 6-3 lead in the second game before things began to unravel.

With the score tied at 10-10, Cassie Cleaton served for two points to put Horizon up 12-10. Dailey chipped in a block and two more kills as Wilson scored the games final three points.

It was in the third game that Holtville proved it had the ability to close the deal. Trailing 9-8, Claudia Lopez hit for two points to put the Vikings up 10-9. Strahm added two more points to give Holtville a 12-10 lead before serve returned to the Panthers.

Dailey served for two points to tie the game at 12-12 before Rothfleisch slammed home a kill, returning serve to the Vikings. Jezelle Avila did the rest of the work, scoring three points and giving Holtville its only game of the night.

Horizon jumped all over the Vikings in the final frame. Led by Dailey, the Panthers built an 8-3 lead quickly to win the game and claim the first-round playoff win.

The Vikings finish the season with a 15-9 record.

Holtville coach Valerie Deyo was unavailable for comment after the game.

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