Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New deck of DHS standouts serve aces to Cards

From page B1 | October 30, 2013 |


DHS freshman Karlie Kijanka crushes a spike during Tuesday's three-game sweep of Laguna Creek at The Cage. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

The Davis High girls volleyball team’s 2013 manifesto has been that finding consistency means success.

And, certainly, it was a reliable Blue Devil squad that found a favorable outcome on Tuesday, beating Laguna Creek, 25-7, 25-20, 25-9, at The Cage.

DHS’ second sweep of the Cardinals this season moved the locals to 6-2 in Delta Valley Conference play.

And there was no question that it was the Devils’ match to lose — as evidenced by Davis freshman Samantha Moore opening the first game with four consecutive unreturned serves.

“We came out serving really tough,” said Blue Devil coach Julie Crawford. “We’ve been practicing a lot on serving for the past couple weeks, so the girls got on good runs, which gave us the momentum.”

Paired with back-to-back kills from senior Zoe Hunt-Murray, DHS soon found itself up 8-0.

Freshman Karlie Kijanka bolstered that score with a trio of aces and junior Chris Roeckl-Navazio similarly found a weak spot when it was her turn to serve, and exploited it for another ace.

It was at 17-3 that Laguna Creek actually earned its first point (the first three coming on Devil serving errors), but the deficit was such that comeback was impossible, and the set came to a 25-7 close not much later.

The second game began less convincingly, with Davis going point-for-point with its visitors until it found itself in an early 4-4 gridlock.

And it was some of the lesser-known Blue Devils, such as sophomore Kinsey Nelson, whose consistent play kept DHS on track. Nelson’s block at the net and subsequent kill gave the Devils their momentum back, and they soon opened up a 9-4 divide.

Though the Cardinals managed to tie things up at 9-9, on account of some aces of their own, local standout Maya Gilardi initiated the recovery attempt with a pair of thunderous kills that, for a while, pacified Laguna Creek’s offense.

DHS almost fumbled a sure win with two key serving errors in the latter half of the set, but a resurgence of Kijanka’s kills and Moore’s ability to stun the Cardinals with serves rendered the locals victorious, 25-20, in Game 2.

The third set looked more like the first, with the power of the Blue Devil serves and offensive game offering no repose for what appeared to be an exhausted Laguna Creek squad.

Kijanka, who tallied nine kills and five digs in all, once more led the Davis attack force. Also noteworthy was the serving run Roeckl-Navazio went on early in the set, when she landed four straight aces.

Moore’s ninth and final ace typified Tuesday’s Cardinal beat-down, bringing the third game to a quick, 25-9, end.

But the Devils don’t expect the last two matches of the season to conclude with such haste, as both are against DVC opponents that bested them on the first pass through league play.

On Thursday, DHS heads on the road to face Monterey Trail. The Mustangs defeated the locals in four close games earlier this month.

“That’s going to be a really competitive match,” Crawford said. “And we’re playing at their house; they always have a big crowd and lots of energy. I know that we can rise to that level, though.”

After that, the Blue Devils return to The Cage for Senior Night, a Tuesday rematch with Elk Grove.

— Reach Brett Johnson at or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett.



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