“I think next time we’ll get ‘em,” Davis High boys volleyball coach Julie Crawford said after the Blue Devils played Monterey Trail tough on the road Thursday.
Though DHS dropped the match in four sets, 25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, Crawford was pleased with the way her team hung tough with the Mustangs, who are the class of the Delta Valley Conference.
“Monterey Trail is a very quick and athletic team, and they run a fast-paced offense,” said the Devil coach. “My team played really well. It was a competitive match, even in the three games we lost were with them point-for-point. It was a just a couple of little runs that were the difference.”
Davis did all this while playing without its normal setter, as senior standout Sam Manderfield and Reese Peterson filled in admirably. Crawford also praised the play of Dominic Fannijang:
“We only had a day to practice the new rotation so I’m proud of the guys for how they responded. Sam and Reese played really well and Dominic made a lot of hustle plays.
“Skillwise, we are really coming along,” Crawford added of her team, which is made up largely of first-year volleyballers.
The Blue Devils are back home for a pair of matches next week, hosting Elk Grove on Tuesday and Franklin on Thursday. Both are 5 p.m. contests at The Cage.