BARSTOW • The Barstow High School volleyball team gave Victor Valley a Columbus Day present on Monday — a 3-0 win.
The Aztecs were shut out by the Jackrabbits for the second time in a row on Monday. They lost 3-0 to Victor Valley on September 22. However, the key differences in the two matches were the point differential in the games, and the number of errors Barstow committed.
Barstow outscored 75-52 in the first meeting, and they earned nine fewer points, 75-43, on Monday. The Aztecs lost 25-11 in the first and second games on Monday and 25-21 in the final match. They were only competitive in the final game of yesterday's match whereas Barstow finished the first two games within striking distance in its September meeting with the Jackrabbits.
Barstow coach Tynelle Olivas said her team seemed distracted during much of the match.
"Today was the most inconsistent we've played all season," Olivas said. "Our lack of communication played a part in it. They were just off. We had five errors where the blocker and the setter running getting in each other's way."
Errors played a large part in the match. The Aztecs literally handed Victor Valley a game and a half due to serving and ball handling errors. Barstow had 35 total errors that resulted in points for the Jackrabbits. The majority of the errors, 27, came from ball handling errors, but the Aztecs saw an increase in all errors from their normal level of play. Olivas and assistant coach Kathy O'Neill said the Aztecs average around three service errors and four ball handling errors a match.
Although Barstow had a bad day with its serves, Victor Valley used their service opportunities to its advantage. The Jackrabbits had 11 aces to Barstow's four. They were led by Christina Diaz with four aces, and Kalina Gray with three.
Victor Valley's Amanda Aguilar had two aces in the match, and she was able to effectively close out the second and third games with her serve. She started her serving in the second game with the score at 17-9 and served seven-straight points to set up the final point of the game. Aguilar also served for four-straight Jackrabbit points to take the score to 24-21 before Barstow's Deanna Lopez took the final serve of the match.
"We like to view our service opportunities as weapons for us," Victor Valley coach Jackson Wong said. "We were able to get a few good runs in the games because of our serving and that gave us some space."
Rebecca Hicks led the Jackrabbits with 14 digs and eight kills. Taylor Lillard and Aguilar each had five kills and four blocks. Lillard also had five digs in the match. Barstow's leaders were Nicole Mathews, Courtney Verrill, Krista Kruse and She'kinah Toloumu. Verrill had 11 kills and one ace; Mathews had 21 digs, three kills, and one ace; Kruse had 23 digs and Toloumu had 12 points scored on her sets.