Sunday, April 19, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS boys improve to 3-0

By
From page B1 | March 06, 2014 |

0306dhsvolleyW

DHS sophomore Nick Simons hits for one of his team-high 11 kills in the Blue Devils' home win over Chico on Wednesday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Another day meant another victory as the Davis High boys volleyball team continued its busy, but successful, week on Wednesday at The Cage.

The Blue Devils won their third consecutive match to open the season, beating Chico in four games, 25-13, 21-25, 27-25, 29-27.

For the second straight day, DHS came out blazing in the first set, a performance that coach Jordan Friend attributed to the team playing within its system.

“The boys have worked really hard to run our system,” Friend said. “We know who we need to go to, and we are proving to be more prepared than other teams.”

The second set, however, didn’t go exactly as the Devils planned. According to Davis junior Evan Meerscheidt, the serving of Chico caught the locals off guard.

“We got caught up in their services; Chico put us on our back foot,” said Meerscheidt, a team captain. “They forced us to put free balls over the net and we couldn’t get any quality passes because of their serving. They were just going on five- and six-point runs and we couldn’t keep up.”

After DHS rebounded to capture the third set, the final game featured plenty of momentum changes. Eventually, the Blue Devils found themselves deadlocked at 22-22 with the Panthers. The lead then bounced back and forth until a 27-27 tie.

However, two key serves from Davis senior Andre Foster, another team captain, and good offensive execution helped the Devils put the game away to clinch the match.

“We’re a scrappy team; we just put our heads down and keep fighting,” Meerscheidt said. “We had some adversity (Wednesday), but always seem to be able to fight through it.”

His coach agreed.

“We’re really learning how to battle,” Friend explained. “We know that when we play within our system, we can hang with the best.”

For the past few seasons, the Blue Devil offense revolved around the hitting of Sam Manderfield and Dan Bonetti. But both graduated last year, leaving DHS with a more balanced offense in 2014. Sophomore Nick Simons led the way with 11 kills Wednesday, one night after Foster’s 13-kill outing paced the Devils to a win at Yuba City.

In beating Chico, Mike Basso anchored the locals with 20 digs and setter Meerscheidt had 11 assists on the night.

“It’s a different dynamic this year than last year,” Friend said. “Last year, we were really dependent on (Manderfield and Bonetti). This year, Andre, Nick and Ron Chandi are all playing really well.

“I’m really proud of them; they came into the gym on the first day ready to work hard. It’s not easy to come out with three wins. Not a lot of kids could do what these guys are doing.”

The 3-0 start is even more impressive considering Davis had little time to prepare following a preseason coaching controversy. Friend and Ron Duer took over as interim coaches on Feb. 15.

“The situation has really brought our team closer together,” Meerscheidt said. “We faced our toughest road block before the season started (so) we know how to face and overcome adversity. And if we can face that, we know we can hang with anybody in the Delta Valley Conference.”

The Blue Devils are back at The Cage on Thursday for a 6 p.m. match against McClatchy.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    Aggie Pride on parade at UC Davis Picnic Day

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    City wants a study of sewer rates

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

    Hard-of-hearing student needs community’s help

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    KDVS fund drive includes on-air pledging, plus parties and food

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Art helped sell California’s agriculture

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Sign up now for Celebrate Davis!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

    Students, families can get after-hours Internet access

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Lawyers seek resolution to Davis molest case

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

    Garamendi hosts conference for women

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    ‘Invaluable public servant’ retires after 20 years

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Your brain’s aging and a new report urges ways to stay sharp

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Injury-proof yourself for effective exercise

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Understanding risks can help women prevent leading health threats

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Get some advice at Connections Café

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Eyewitness speaks about Israel’s election

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Free gardening advice offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Grad Night tickets on sale online

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Schenker speaks about ‘Magical Mexico’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Yolo County DA honors crime victims at annual tribute

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Holman offers Publishing 101 seminar

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Radio-controlled airplanes will race April 25-26

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Vote with your dollars at Davis Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Woodland bike rides set every Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Join the 10,000-vegetable challenge!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9Comments are off for this post

     
    NAMI group offers family support

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Birding tour will benefit Putah Creek Council

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    Watershed Wonders activities return to Putah Creek

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Yolo County Neighborhood Court seeks new volunteers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    UCD looks at building a better brain as we age

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    ‘Vault’ highlights ‘Kathak’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Two drought-preparedness water bills pass out of Senate committees

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    Picnic Day favorites: dogs, bikes science

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A13 | Gallery

     
    Strike up the band, and the bubbles!

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A14 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

     
    John Cole cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B6

     
    Yolo Crisis Nursery still needs help

    By Our View | From Page: B6

    Drink up, kids, but make your choice a healthy one

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

     
    Leash your dogs; it’s the law

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

    Speak out

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B7

     
    Let’s not turn our backs on the Earth

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

    This Earth Day, make a pledge to cool your home

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Sports

    Fast Aggie start negated by 14-0 USC lacrosse run

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Stagnant second-half offense sinks Devil girls

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Over the hump? DHS baseball team wins late

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lambdin, Marshall lead Aggies at Mt. SAC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Republic FC gets another win at Bonney

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B2

     
    UCD roundup: Aggies sweep a water polo double dip

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Busy Clancy, Hall spark Devil tracksters at Mt. SAC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Former DHS star Drexel returns to create havoc for Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

    Sports briefs: Blue Devils split a pair of tennis matches

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B14 | Gallery

     
    Pro baseball roundup: Oakland blanks Kansas City

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Marrone Bio Innovations strengthens its sales team

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

     
    New phase opens at Brookfield Cottages

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

    Tucos closes; new Japanese, pizza, subs debut

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    WISH grant funds available to eligible homebuyers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

    .

    Obituaries

    Jody Zewe

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Ruth Rodenbeck Stumpf

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Herman Timm

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Robert Leigh Cordrey

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Alice Catherine Micheltorena

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 19, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8