The first two games of the Davis High varsity girls volleyball match against Folsom were see-saw affairs, with the lead bouncing from team to team.
That all changed in the third set, as the Blue Devils ran away with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-10 victory over the Bulldogs.
Fittingly, it was Zoe Hunt-Murray who put the match away. The senior, who led DHS in kills (10) and aces (eight) on the night, served the last 11 straight points of the Devils’ victory.
Game 3 was a stark contrast to the opening set, during which both squads looked evenly matched. Neither team could completely break away, but eventually Davis prevailed.
“(Wednesday) I thought we went back and forth a bit too much,” Blue Devil head coach Julie Crawford said after the game. “But we made up for it … we swung well on the third ball.”
The second game looked like it was headed in a similar direction before the locals caught fire and surged to victory with a late nine-point run. DHS rode that momentum into Game 3, taking a 2-1 lead and never looking back.
While Hunt-Murray was dominating offensively, fellow senior Mackenzie Harrison anchored the defensive side of the ball, making eight digs and keeping numerous rallies alive.
And though Harrison was kept busy, not all of the Folsom attacks even reached the back line as Devil freshman Karlie Kijanka led the team with three blocks and junior Maya Gilardi added two.
Davis, which got its third win in as many days on Wednesday, will look to continue that success on Thursday at Vacaville (6 p.m.). According to Crawford, consistency and execution will be the key if the Blue Devils are to make it 4-for-4 this week:
“We go through some ups and downs,” said the reigning Delta Valley Conference Coach of the Year. “When we’re on, we’re on. We need to focus on our system, and when we stay in our system, we execute … and we win.”
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