Clovis News: Sports

Downey High eliminates Edison girls volleyball

The Edison High girls volleyball team saw its dream season end fast Tuesday night in a 25-23, 25-11, 25-13 loss to visiting Downey in the first round of the Southern California Division II Regionals.

The Tigers were fresh off their first Central Section title, a five-set victory over El Diamante last week.

"Our girls were still excited from Valley; they didn't know what to expect coming in here," Edison coach Kelly Phillips said. "Our goal was to win Valley, and we achieved that. We want to take another step forward every year."

The fourth-seeded Tigers (26-7) came out firing against the No. 5 Vikings, the Southern Section Division II-A champions, in the opening set. The Tigers led by six early and were serving with a 22-21 lead.

Akeya Maddox, the Edison star from the section championship match, had five kills in the first set. The senior finished with seven kills and 11 digs. Brittanie Robinson had three of her six kills and five of her 11 assists in the first set.

"Both teams were feeling each other out that first game, trying to see what the other was going to do," Phillips said.

The Tigers opened the second set with more solid play. But with it tied 5-5, Heather Schnars -- an All-Southern Section Division III pick last year as a sophomore -- jump served eight consecutive points. She was solely responsible for the first four, recording three aces and a kill from the back row.

Downey (29-3) roared away from there.

Division I

No. 2 seeded Long Beach Poly, which has been top-ranked nationally, eliminated No. 7 Clovis West 25-17, 25-10, 25-17.

"It's amazing to watch those girls play," Golden Eagles coach Rhonda DeRuiter said. "That's rare athleticism. They are elite athletes who could play any sport they want and be elite in them all."

Lauren Meador had 10 kills, Shannon Leary 22 assists and McKenzie Cain 17 digs for Clovis West (27-7), the Central Section D-I runner-up.

Division III

The fire that propelled Madera South to last week's section D-III title burned out quickly.

Playing on their home court, the fourth-seeded Stallions won the opening set then abruptly fell apart to lose 21-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-19 to No. 5 Campbell Hall-North Hollywood.

"We just got complacent after we won," Madera South coach Andrea Devine said. "It was like we settled."

The Stallions had trouble from the start containing Sydney Carfagno, who was the center of Campbell Hall's attack. And when Madera South tried double blocking Carfagno, the Vikings would find other ways to send down a kill.

Even the 18 digs each by Madera South's Valeria Martinez and Sharalyn Lal weren't enough to keep the ball alive and stop Campbell Hall from taking over.

Martinez added 17 kills and five blocks.

"This was kind of a bonus to us after winning the Valley title," Devine said. "It's just disappointing that we didn't play the way we're capable of playing. Do I think Campbell Hall was the better team? No. Did they play better than us tonight. Yes."

Division V

Central Section champion Kings Christian is moving on after sweeping Victor Valley Christian-Victorville 25-18, 25-20, 25-17.

Second-seeded Kings Christian (30-4-3) hosts Horizon-San Diego on Saturday.

Fourth-seeded Fresno Christian, the Central Section runner-up, lost at home to Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth 25-23, 26-24, 25-16. The host Eagles finished the year 24-10-1.