LODI — Even though sometimes it ends in defeat — like Wednesday night at Lodi — Davis High girls volleyball coach Julie Crawford wants her team to play nonconference matches against quality opponents.
She likes it even better when her squad raises their level of play to match the tough foe, as the Blue Devils did in the 25-23, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19 loss to the Flames.
“It just makes us better by playing better teams,” Crawford said. “That’s what the preseason is for, to prepare for (Delta Valley Conference) play. The team played well (Wednesday); they rose to the level of the competition.”
Lodi, however, was just too much in this matchup of two 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section playoff teams.
“Lodi is one of the strongest teams in the section. They play a fast game and they are very scrappy,” Crawford said. “They picked up our strategy and we weren’t able to adjust.
“Their setter is one of the best in the area.”
DHS got some strong play from its own setter Samantha Moore, a freshman who Crawford says “keeps getter better every day.”
Juniors Maya Gilardo and Kimmy Siu also performed well for Davis
“Maya played great all-around. She swung powerfully, served well and was just a leader out there,” Crawford said. “And Kimmy made a lot of great defensive plays.”
The Devils, who beat Woodland in a five sets on Tuesday, are at home Thursday night for a match against Ponderosa, Crawford’s alma mater. Game 1 at The Cage starts at 6 p.m.