BARSTOW • The Barstow High School volleyball team spent a lot of time on the floor on Wednesday.
The Aztecs slid, dove and even fell in their attempts to save balls that were flying towards them during a match against Burroughs. Barstow's persistence paid off with a 3-2 win against the Burros. The Aztecs came out on top of their second match, they lost the first meeting, that went to five games against Burroughs.
Barstow's hard work also earned the team a large number of digs. The Aztecs had six players in double digits for digs. Nicole Mathews and Krista Kruse led the team with 35 digs each. Rebecca Wainner, 23; Courtney Verrill, 20; Alyse Royce, 17; and Taylor Hill, 10, rounded out Barstow's leaders in digs.
"Honestly it was teamwork, and they just wanted it more," Barstow coach Tynelle Olivas said. "They were just scrappy. Everyone just went for every single ball. No one gave up on themselves, their teammates or the match at any point."
The Burros and the Aztecs entertained the crowd with a match that was close throughout. Neither team led by more than five points at any point during the match, and they both fought back from deficits in each game. The team that scored the first point in a game went on to lose in all five games.
Barstow led early in the first game, but once Burroughs took lead they never relinquished it despite allowing the Aztecs to tie the game five times. The Burros took the first game 25-23. Barstow rebounded after going down 15-10 in the second game to win 25-21. Burroughs and Barstow kept the match seesawing back and forth with a Burro's win, 25-21, in the third game and an Aztecs' win, 25-23, in the fourth game.
"The biggest thing we need to do is work on maintaining a lead," Olivas said. "Our intensity does falter sometimes when we have a lead."
The result of the match came down to the final game. Burroughs took control early and had a 8-5 lead on the strength of the Burros serving. However, Barstow came back and tied the game 8-8 before building a 13-8 lead following a timeout called by Olivas. The Burros pulled within three points, but weren't able to pass Barstow. Mathews ended the game, 15-11, and the match with a hard kill to the back middle of the court.
Mathews led the Aztecs with 15 kills and also had three aces. Verrill was on top with five aces and also had eight kills. She'kinah Toloumu led the team in assists.