SACRAMENTO Ñ It was a terrific week of volleyball for the Davis High junior varsity girls team, as the Blue Devils finished fifth in the 15-team El Camino Invitational after earlier in the week dispatching Yuba City.
In the tourney, DHS topped Pleasant Valley (25-13, 25-17), Bella Vista (25-18, 25-19), split with Oakdale (15-25, 25-19) and Granite Bay (18-25, 25-18) and lost to Rio Americano in a one-setter, 23-25.
ÒOverall, my team played great all day,Ó Davis coach Julie Crawford explained. ÒWe are definitely stepping up our level of play and being very competitive with other teams. We fought for every point. We are in great physical shape, and that showed this weekend.Ó
Setting and serving at El Camino, Stephanie Siu and Lyndsay Chambers were key contributors as they jumped, floated, served and were aggressive all the way around.
Other Devils who came alive were Ally Crary (hitting) and Stephanie Tauzer on defense. Freshman Chelsea Sacramento came off the bench and helped lead the team to a victory.
Then there was the Yuba outing …
ÒThis was a great win for us,Ó Crawford said after her girls took a 25-14, 25-19 homecourt victory from the Honkers last week. ÒEvery person contributed … and we were able to all work together, no matter which lineup was on the floor. I am growing more and more confident in each player, every day. It was nice work this week.Ó
During another great week of executing its offense, Blue Devils Siu and Chambers have grown into a great setter/hitter team, while Tauzer is starting to become really consistent all the way around the court, added Crawford.
After losing, 25-19, 25-17, to a tough Yuba City girls squad last week, the DHS freshman team is ready for Delta Valley Conference play, according to coach Lindsay Cantrell.
ÒWe played tougher teams in preseason and, for the most part, I am happy with the steady improvement these girls are making,Ó Cantrell explained. ÒOf course, a win is always nice, but all I can ask for is exactly what the girls are doing … constantly improving. I would rather that they play well and bring what we work on in practice to the games, rather than going through the motions.Ó
For example, DHS girls have been working on their defense the past couple of weeks and in last weekÕs only game, they had outstanding defense.
ÒI think maybe only one ball fell in on our side of the court,Ó Cantrell said. ÒEmily Pacuilla, Emma Meads and Lauren Smith had amazing play at the net, each with one block and one kill.Ó