YERMO • Baseball, golf and tennis are all sports that have seen their share of rain delays, but Sliver Valley High School had an oddity on Tuesday — an indoor volleyball match delayed by rain.
The Trojan volleyball team was playing a tight match against Lucerne Valley with the score tied two games a piece when they took a break to prepare for the fifth and final game. The roof of the gym started to sound like a tin can full of beans within a minute of the break, and a minute later a slow drip from the roof began to pool on the east end of the court. The officials told the teams to go to their benches and coaches, managers and Silver Valley administrators began trying to dry the floor.
"In 32 years of involvement in the sport I've never seen a game postponed by rain," Lucerne Valley coach Steve Colangelo said. "When I was talking to the Silver Valley coach we were talking about the fact that no matter what happened with the game it would be an interesting entry on Maxpreps.com."
Silver Valley coach Kathy Langston said the delay was definitely an odd situation, but not a first for the Trojans.
"No, this isn't the first time I've seen it," Langston said. "Like 10 years ago we had one, but I'm sure they've fixed the roof since then."
Luckily for the both teams the rain let up, the floor dried and the teams were able to continue the match.
Lucerne Valley's Jeanette Tarin served the ball to begin the fifth game, and the Mustangs' Courtney Kelly got a block to score the first point. That sequence of events set the pace for the fifth game. Tarin served seven straight points on eight serves to give Lucerne Valley a 7-0 lead to start the game. She had three aces in that rally and Kelly added a kill as well.
Silver Valley closed the gap and tied the game 12-12 on the strength of serves from Sheridyn Webb, kills from Brenna Foster and some team defense. However, they weren't able to take a lead or score another point and lost the game 15-12 and the match 3-2.
"We just got cold and off during the break," Langston said. "We had actually thought the delay would help us because we had just lost the fourth game. It didn't work out."
The Trojans lost the fourth game 25-17, but had looked better after trailing 18-7 early in the game. Silver Valley appeared to be caught off guard by Lucerne Valley in the fourth game after taking the previous two games, 25-19 and 25-16, from the Mustangs.
The match had the making of a fight early when the teams didn't allow one another to take more than a three-point lead in the first game. Although the first game was close, Silver Valley led the entire second half of the game, but the Mustangs came from behind to win it 25-22.
Langston said her team didn't make any glaring mistakes in the game.
"It was just the little things," Langston said. "It was an error here, a little dink into the net, a stop in communication. They were doing a lot of good things, but it just didn't work out. It was a tough one."
Brenna Foster continued to be a leader for the Trojans with 15 kills and 23 digs. She also had the team's second-highest number of aces with three along with Line Oliva. Deanna Armstrong was number two in digs and kills with 14 and five respectively. Jessica Negin had 10 digs, and Kaci Allen led Silver Valley with 22 assists.