YERMO • The Silver Valley volleyball team sent its seniors out on a high note on Tuesday.
The Trojans beat Desert Christian 3-0 in their last home match of the 2010 regular season. Silver Valley honored seniors Lina Oliva, Sheridyn Webb, Jessica Negin and Taneille Webb who all played what looks to be their last match at the Charlie Hawkins Gymnasium at Silver Valley High School. A junior player introduced each senior and gave a description of the various memories they have had throughout their season.
If the Trojans' seniors hope to play at home again they have their work cut out for them. Silver Valley will play at Vasquez, Mammoth and Lucerne Valley to close out the season. The Trojans are currently 4-7 in the Desert Mountain League and will need a twist of fate to advance into the playoffs. Silver Valley must win all of its remaining matches and get a complex combination of losses from Mammoth, 6-4; Boron, 5-5; Lucerne Valley, 4-6; and Desert Christian, 4-7, in order to make the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
"Early on in the season I think the girls were so nervous and stressed worrying about the playoffs," Kathy Langson said. "I think now that they've almost kind of written it off they're playing a lot better. They've relaxed. We need some help to get in, and we need to win our matches. All three of the teams we have left are beatable."
Although a lot remains unsure about the playoffs, Silver Valley took care of the first step by winning on Tuesday.
Silver Valley and Desert Christian both played tough defense throughout the match. They fought hard for each point and not many errors were committed by either team.
The Trojans got a big boost from their serves. Brenna Foster led the team with six aces, and Sheridyn Webb had four. Webb may have had fewer aces, but she put together a few key runs for Silver Valley. She had six-straight serves, including two aces, in the first game that took the score from 17-15 to 22-16. The Knights never recovered and lost 25-17 with Foster ending the game on a hard hit ace.
Foster added another three aces on a string of six serves in the second game that moved the Trojans from trailing 8-5 to leading 10-9. The Knights got back into the second game with tough defense and strong serves from Moriah Nakada. Nakada had eight aces in the match. She had two that pushed her team from down two points to leading 19-17, but the Trojans bounced back and took control winning the game 26-24. Despite losing the second game Nakada came out strong in the third game and hit four-straight aces to give her team a 5-1 lead to start the game. Luckily for Silver Valley she had two service errors in the third and final game.
"I was just thinking that if we can't break that girls serve soon we're going to have to go to a fourth game," Langston said of Nakada's serves in the third game. "She was just hitting it right on."
Desert Christian coach Peter Hatcher said Nakada has been strong for the Knights this season.
"She likes to serve way back," Hatcher said. "She gets as far back in the gym as she can and hits it just over the net. It's hard for teams to get a play on her serves."
The Trojans trailed in the third game until Webb had another run of serves. She went to seven-straight serves in the third game and set up several points, but didn't earn an ace. Silver Valley led 11-9 by the time she gave the ball back to Desert Christian and the Knights never regained the lead. The Trojans won the third game 25-20.
Nakada added 10 digs to her eight aces in the match for the Knights. Madison Santero led Desert Christian with eight kills and Jessica Warren had eight digs. Silver Valley was led by Foster with 21 kills and four digs. Kaci Allen led the team with 27 assists. Jessica Negin had three digs, two aces, two kills, two assists and one block in the match.