Taft loses only two sets in two days
The Taft High Volleyball team took first place in he Rebel Classic Varsity Volleyball Tournament last week. The team played three games on each day and only lost two sets out of both days.
We spent the better part of the tournament fine tuning our lineup," said Coach Adeana McDaniel-Furman. "We have an equal number of returns as we do new comers. So we spent this tournament learning to play together. Our focus was to improve our defense and communicate with one another. This win was very organic with all 12 of the girls stepping into numerous roles when the need was raised. I’m very pleased with our outcome not because we took home first but with the way we did it together."
In their first game on Friday they played the tournament host South High Rebels. That game ended in a tie with each team taking a set. Taft won the first set by a score of 25-22 and South High took the second by a score of 25-23. On the attacking side of the ball, Brooklyn Yaws came up with six kills and Sarah Lopez had five kills to lead the team. Cherise Strong led the team in aces with four. The team combined for 13 dig sagainst South High.
The second game of the tournament matched the Wildcats against the Delano Tigers. Taft won both sets 25-20 and 25-18. Yaws had another good attacking game with six kills as did Lopez with eight kills. Lopez had the big serving game this time with five aces. Morgan Pulido led the team in digs with 11.
In the last game of the day on Friday, the Lady Cats faced the Foothill Trojans. Taft again won both sets by scores of 25- 21 and 25-20. Sarah Lopez had eight kills that game followed by Brooklyn Yaws with four. Chaydin Garcia, Morgan Pulido and Lopez all had two aces during the match. Lopez also had two blocks during the games. Mariah Nevarez came up big with eight digs, Jonelle Rouell had six and Alison Moon and Sarah Lopez each had five. The double day practices and volleyball camp seemed to pay off. The Wildcats only seemed to get better as the day went on.
The first game of the day on Saturday was against the North High Stars. The Wildcats took both sets 25-23 and 25-17. Sarah Lopez had seven kills, Brooklyn Yaws had four kills, Cherise Strong, Pulido and Alison Moon all had three kills a piece. Lopez had six aces against the Stars. Alison Moon had 11 digs while Nevarez had 10 and Sarah Lopez had 12. Garcia had 18 assists throughout both games.
The Lady Cats played league rival Chavez Titans in the semi-final game of the tournament. Taft took the match in three sets. Taft won the first set 25-20, Chavez took the second set 25-17 and Taft won the third set 15-6 to move on to the finals. Sarah Lopez led the team again in kills with nine,
Pulido had four and Garcia and Yaws each had two apiece. Nevarez had four aces and also came up with 11 digs. Garcia had nine and Pulido and Rouell each had seven. Garcia had another big assist match with 12.
In the final match of the tournament, Taft faced of against the Arvin Bears. Taft cruised to the win in both sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-17. Yaws and Lopez led the team in kills one last time with five a piece. Lopez had nine aces with Garcia and Pulido each getting a pair as well. Mariah Lopez had 12 digs and Sarah Lopez had 10. Garcia ended the game with 15 assists.
So the team totals out of 13 sets were 102 kills, 216 digs, 56 aces with a 92.3 % serving average, 99 assists and seven solo blocks and five assisted blocks.