Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blue Devil volleyball team is reloading

DHS coach Julie Crawford goes over strategy with the Blue Devil girls volleyball team at a recent workout. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

From page B1 | August 27, 2013 |

Editor’s note: This is the second in an eight-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports.

“For next year, there are some big shoes to fill,” Davis High girls volleyball coach Julie Crawford told The Enterprise as last season reached its terminus.

And as oft-repeated as that saying is, Crawford really meant it when she said there’d be some XL-sized clogs left vacant on her roster.

She graduated three standout players — including senior striker Lyndsay Chambers — who together led the Blue Devils to a Delta Valley Conference championship.

That 2012 DHS edition went 22-8 overall, finished its league schedule at 9-1, and took third place at its own Davis Fall Classic.

Crawford remembers it as one of her greatest accomplishments in her time as mentor for the girls team.

All that said, she’s just as eager to put the past behind and get the 2013 campaign underway.

“I’m really excited about the season, given how competitive the tryout was,” she said. “I put together a team of up-and-coming and really solid athletes.

“We’re going to be well-rounded. I’m excited to develop the girls, and help them reach their potential. They’ve been working really hard.”

And the Devils are going to need all the preparation they can get with a schedule full of tough opponents like Monterey Trail, a team Davis barely edged for the DVC banner.

To make sure the locals are ready, players from last year’s DHS roster will take the reins as team leaders, including outside hitters Zoe Hunt-Murray, a senior, and junior Maya Gilardi.

Also in that mix is senior Mackenzie Harrison, who became an essential piece of the 2012 DVC title run and earned an all-league honorable mention in the process.

But there also are some Blue Devils who don’t have any history for Crawford to call upon. A pair of freshmen, Karlie Kijanka and Samantha Moore, impressed enough at tryouts to make the cut.

This is a first for Crawford, who has never introduced a freshman to a DHS varsity girls roster.

“I’m excited to have such a young team,” she said. “We’re going to have a very strong program for several years, so I’m really excited and optimistic about it.”

A fresh perspective will also be offered by Crawford, who spent part of the summer observing the men’s and women’s Olympic volleyball teams in Southern California.

“I met with the coaches, and even Misty May, an Olympic gold medalist, and picked her brain about some stuff,” Crawford said. “I was lucky to have that experience.”

The ideas she took away inspired her to take a different approach to Devil practices, which she now refers to as “rehearsals” for the coming season.

Davis fans will have their first chance to see the effects of these changes in the season opener against Will C. Wood on Friday at 6 p.m.

Crawford expressed how important this nonconference leg of the season will be to developing her Blue Devils. She also spoke of her confidence in them as a unit:

“We’ve got a talented group. Not only are they awesome volleyball players, but they’re nice girls who get along well, so that makes the practice environment pleasant.”

Notes: DHS reached the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament last season. … It was an interesting summer for Crawford, who is the defending DVC Coach of the Year. The Blue Devil mentor was let go as girls coach in June, but the decision was reversed on July 16th by a school board vote. … Crawford also coaches the Davis boys volleyball team, a squad she has led to the section playoffs each of the past two seasons. 

— Reach Brett Johnson at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett



  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Where do Davis recyclables go?

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    UCD faculty receive lowest pay in the system

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1

    Motive for murder-suicide remains a mystery

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

    Davis sewage to get new digs

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

    Human Relations Commission hosts Chávez celebration

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

    Davis Flower Arrangers meet Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    ‘Music as Medicine’ is radio show topic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Friendship the topic on radio program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6



    These results were meaningless

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Survey not representative

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Answers on the green waste program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    A phone call could have fixed this

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Milt Prigee cartoon

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Some ‘survey’ …

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Mayor’s corner: Looking ahead to spring

    By Dan Wolk | From Page: B5 | Gallery

    A Little Respect for Dr. Foster

    By Nicholas Kristof | From Page: B5

    Universities need more funding

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

    Father of the bride snubbed

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Which experiences count as ‘once in a lifetime’?

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A8

    After a month of no TV news, I’m feeling much better

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A8

    Take a hike for your heart

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8



    Republic stun Galaxy with repeated history

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Bad fourth quarter sinks boys lacrosse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Aggies’ walkoff win clinches series against Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggie softball splits doubleheader

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Burns scores shootout winner to lift Sharks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    UCD women’s tennis dominates at home

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B10 | Gallery







    Millennials are changing our community

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

    With new owner, DAC will Get Fit

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Grant writing for non-profits workshop set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9





    Comics: Sunday, March 29, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8