Lady Aztecs play well in loss
BARSTOW • This season has been a learning process for the Barstow volleyball team.
The Lady Aztecs went up against first-place Victor Valley (11-1 DSL) on Thursday, and lost, 3-0. Though it was a sweep, Barstow continues to improve, and head coach Brooke Verrill thought the match represented a step forward.
“We played much better tonight. We cut down on the mental errors, and didn’t break down like we have been,” she said. “We were hitting good, working together; everyone on the court contributed in one way or another.”
Game one was the most competitive. It was close the whole way through, but the Jackrabbits collected the last few points in a 25-20 win.
“We still need to work on digs when they’re attacking us,” said coach Verrill. “But our serve/receive was much better tonight.”
The Lady Aztecs didn’t score as many points in the second game, but kept some long volleys going. Heather Verrill and Chelsea Phillips came up with kills, and Jean Letuli had a nice stretch. At one point, Letuli came up with kills on consecutive points, then stepped to the line and served up an ace.
Kylee Chavez and Lysette Belcher had kills for Valley in game two, while several players had digs to keep volleys going.
“We’ve been improving well, we’re playing a lot better than we were in the beginning of the season,” said Valley coach Alexis Nall. “The girls have been working hard and it shows.”
Valley got off to a 7-0 start in the third game before Barstow made up some lost ground. Heather Verrill had two kills, while Maxine Cooks, Tiare Alefaio and Carla Randolph also had kills at key moments. The final kill of the game came from the ‘rabbits’ Chavez, however, as the visitors won, 25-13.
Belcher had 16 kills and nine digs, while Sarah Handy had 12 kills, and Chavez 34 assists.
After some low numbers their last few matches, the totals were up for Barstow. Verrill had 11 kills and an ace, Breanna Low eight assists and three kills, and Marissa Keeton five aces.
“Victor Valley is a strong team, they’re hard to beat. But we made them beat us, we didn’t beat ourselves. We made them work for their points,” said coach Verrill. “I’m super proud of the girls tonight. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but we played together and made them earn the win. We did a great job.”
The Lady Aztecs host Adelanto on Tuesday.