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DHS girls win a marathon match

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From page B1 | September 11, 2013 |

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DHS junior Maya Gilardi hits against Pleasant Valley in the Blue Devils' five-game win on Tuesday at The Cage. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

The Davis High girls volleyball players were late for dinner on Tuesday night, but a five-game victory over a good Pleasant Valley team just made their meals that much tastier.

In winning their second match in as many days, the Blue Devils traded the sets with the Vikings through four — 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 — but won the game that counted, 15-9.

“There were lots of momentum swings but the girls have shown all season that they are going to fight to the end and I’m proud of them for that,” said DHS head coach Julie Crawford. “They played aggressive and refused to lose.”

Playing at home at The Cage, it was the Devil back line that kept them in the match time and time again, especially junior Kimmy Siu. Not only did the local defense cover the whole floor to prevent PV from scoring points, but it was able to set up quick counterattacks for Davis’ hitters.

“Pleasant Valley is a great team with great hitters but our defense really clicked (Tuesday),” Crawford said. “They got the ball up for our hitters, who were really smart with deciding when to swing away and where to place the ball.”

In addition to Siu, whose digs and serving were on point all evening, Blue Devil front-line players Maya Gilardi, a junior, and senior Zoe Hunt-Murray performed very well.

“Maya played a really consistent game. She’s a real vocal leader on the court, brings a lot of positive energy and I think when she’s doing that it helps her play better,” Crawford said. “Zoe, my strong hitter, played a really good, smart game.”

On Monday, DHS got strong play from middle hitters Irene Rutazihana and freshman Karlie Kijanka in a 25-9, 25-16, 25-20 road win at Kennedy.

“It seems like we are getting better every time we step on the court,” Crawford said after Tuesday’s match. “The younger players are improving, the seniors are showing leadership and I’m just really happy with the direction the season is going.”

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