Hello. Goodbye. Thanks for coming.
As Laguna Creek tries to find its volleyball footing during a woeful 1-14 season, the Davis High girls did nothing on Thursday to give the visiting Cardinals any confidence.
In dispatching their guests in fewer than 45 minutes, the Blue Devils cruised past The Creek in straight sets, 25-4, 25-4, 25-7.
The Delta Valley Conference victory puts DHS at 18-6 overall and 3-0 in DVC.
So what does a winning team take away from a rout?
“We are training for Monterey Trail (Tuesday on the road), so right now we’re just going to try and run our fast defense,” said Devil senior striker Lyndsay Chambers. “We take whatever we can out (of the opponent’s) game.
“Our serving was really consistent (Thursday) and we didn’t make a ton of unforced errors. We kept up our energy the whole time.”
Cruising to identical scores in the first two sets, Davis was methodical and emphatic.
Angelina Leigh used three Makena Sherwood sets to score early points and Mackenzie Harrison covered a ton of ground at libero as the Devils turned an 8-4 game into 15-point service extravaganza from Chambers. Along the way, Chambers blasted six aces.
That first game ended on two nifty points — the 24th coming on a Harrison dig, followed by Sherwood’s set and Zoe Hunt-Murray’s putaway. The finale also was Hunt-Murray’s doing, this time with a set from Adriana Defty after Sherwood dug one out.
Leigh’s nine straight service successes came after Sherwood’s opening serves put DHS in control, 6-0.
Cardinal captain Ashley Ramsay had a handful of nice returns, but rarely was Laguna Creek a challenge. On the night, the visitors would win only five points. The remaining Cardinal tallies came on Davis services that soared out of bounds.
In the final set, The Creek actually led 1-0 when Olivia Villalobos made a nice stop at the net. But Emma Peterson’s kill quickly tied things. However, two DHS serves went awry and the Cardinals were still in it, though trailing, 4-3.
But a nice service series by Leigh started another onslaught. Chambers got seven consecutive service points, joined Sherwood at the net for a couple of rejections and watched a late rocket serve by Kimmy Siu send the Cardinals home.
The final set went 14 minutes — the other two took an average of 13 minutes.
“We’ve been focusing on taking care of business on our side of the net and not really worrying about the other team,” Davis head coach Julie Crawford told The Enterprise. “Taking advantage of games like this … (we’re) working on advancing our game: quickening the game, quickening the pace, building the momentum. We want to get in and out.”
Done on this night.
Next up for the Blue Devils is the first of two showdowns with Monterey Trail. A road game for DHS, the Mustangs will come into the night with a 14-8 record (also 3-0 in DVC).
“They’re well-coached (by Scott Ellison), return a lot of girls from last year and they’ve been winning as well,” Crawford said. “It will be us and them (at the end).”
The Mustangs visit the Devils on Senior Night on Oct. 25.
“That will be a fun match to watch,” Crawford adds. “And the way my girls have been playing, I’m very confident my girls can’t be stopped.”
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at email@example.com or (530) 747-8047.