Varsity volleyball moves up 6-2 in conference
The Lady Cougars rallied back from an early season loss against region rival Wickenburg, with a victorious win last Saturday night, 25-19, 25-20. Chino capped off last week with two conference wins, the first against Sedona winning two out of three matches, 25-18, 16-25, 26-24, and Saturday night’s game against the Wranglers.
Power hitter Shawna Ruiz led the squad with ten registered kills and two back-to-back service aces that clinched an exciting second match win. Cougars coach Erin Soedt was pleased with the long rallies in both matches. “It shows the girls are in pretty good shape and have the endurance to perform well.”
Early in the first match, center server Brittany Emerson dished out six points that included two service aces, pulling the Cougars ahead 8-4. Senior outside hitter Morgan Chambers (six kills), selected All-Team in the Chino Invitational, and senior captain Emma Lewis (six blocks/one ace) barraged the Wranglers with an effective blocking game, that eventually found both teams neck in neck, 13-13.
With Chino in possession of the ball, after one of many slamming kills by Ruiz, Paige Aiton (three kills/six digs) served up three points in a row before Wickenburg called a time-out. Emerson continued the pace with two kills that preceded an Aiton net serve, pulling the Cougars ahead once more 18-13. Chino proceeded to close out the match with yet another Ruiz kill that resulted in three Cougar points and setter Mia Thompson spiked the ball for a win.
The Cougars came on strong in the second game with Thompson’s (15 assists/five digs) first-serve ace. Lewis and Ruiz doubled up for a spectacular blocking show and midway through the second, the Cougars found themselves behind 10-18. Undaunted, and amidst two Wrangler time-outs, defensive specialist Mary Ray served up six straight, including an ace. A net serve allowed Wickenburg a brief glimpse at the ball before Emerson took the helm, edging the Lady Cougars ahead 22-17.
Just when you think you haven’t had enough excitement after watching this team’s synchronized setting, passing and power hitting game, including Stevie Price’s ground-diving and knee-skidding digs, Shawna Ruiz lodges two service aces for the big finale, ending the game 25-20.
Come and watch the Lady Cougars Thursday, Oct. 13 when they host rival River Valley, game time is 6 p.m.