Woodlake defeats Exeter in a thriller

The Woodlake girl’s volleyball team defeated the Exeter Monarchs on Tuesday, September 25 in Woodlake. It took all five games for the Tigers to take the best of five matches.

The Tigers lost the opening game 25-27, but came back to win the second game 25-23 to tie the match a game apiece.

They pulled a repeat performance and won game three 25-23, but the Monarchs bounced back and won game four 21-25 to set a deciding fifth game.

The final game goes to 15 points and the Tigers dominated, winning 15-6.

Woodlake coach Tori Johnson was excited about the victory.

“This win is a combination of the girls just getting better and better over the last ten years,” Johnson said. “They just stayed the course. This is a total team victory.”

For the Tigers Melissa Samaniego had 22 kills, nine blocks and one ace; KiAnna Cunningham had 15 kills and two blocks; Regina Ramirez has six kills and two aces; Quinn Keller had six kills and two blocks and setter Brenda Acosta had 47 assist.

The Tigers continued their hot streak as they took down Kings Christian in three sets as the Tigers won 25-8, 25-11 and 25-14. The Tigers (11-4) will be home on Wednesday, Oct. 3 as they face the Corcoran Panthers (0-7) in a league match up.


The Exeter Monarchs bounced back from their loss against Woodlake as the Monarchs took on Tulare Western in another thriller. This time it was Exeter on the winning side of the thriller.


Exeter took the first two sets 25-20 and 25-18 before the Mustangs made things interesting. Tulare Western took the next two sets 25-19 and 29-27 to force a decisive fifth set. In this one it was all Exeter as the Monarchs took the last set 19-8 to pick up the victory.


Jacque Hutcheson led the Monarchs with 39 assists while Aubrey Roldan led the team in aces with 3. Exeter (16-3) will be home against Central Valley Christian (11-7) on Thursday, Oct. 4 in a league match up. This game against CVC could be a big factor in determining the league champion.


The Lindsay Cardinals took on Immanuel on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in a non league match up. Immanuel took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-20 before Lindsay made a strong push for a comeback as the Cardinals took the third set 25-21. But in the end it was Immanuel who would pick up the victory as the Eagles won the fourth set 25-16.


In the game Senior Mariana Gutierrez and Junior Alexis Gutierrez led the team with 10 kills. Sophomore Adriana Gutierrez had 19 digs for the Cardinals while Junior Jeanette Bautista had three aces.


The Cardinals will be on the road on Wednesday, Oct. 3 as Lindsay will take Granite Hills. Lindsay will be returning home to take on Woodlake on Monday, Oct 8.


The Strathmore Spartans had a great week and showed they can rule the courts in Porterville. On Tuesday, Sept. 25 the Spartans traveled to Porterville to take on the Panthers. Porterville took the first two sets 25-22, 25-19 and looked well on their way of taking the third set and the victory as well, but Strathmore had other plans. The Spartans would bounce back and take sets three and four 25-20 and 25-18. In the final set the Spartans battled and took down the Panthers 15-7 to pick up the victory.


Kayla Holloway led the Spartans with 18 kills while Shelby Vanasen led with 3 aces. But in this game it was Coby Duffin who was the hero of the game according to Duffin’s coaches.


On Thursday, Sept 27 the Spartans were back at it again, this time it was against Monache. The Spartans jumped out to the early lead as Strathmore took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-23. The Marauders fought back and took the third set 25-22 before Strathmore shut the door on Monache in the fourth set 25-19 to pick up the victory.


Hailey Wilson had an outstanding night for the Spartans and was one of the reasons Strathmore picked up the win. Wilson had 22 digs while the rest of her team had a combined of 19 digs.


Kayla Holloway did her part in securing a victory as Holloway contributed with a team high 10 kills and six aces.


The Spartans (9-5) will be home against Sierra Pacific (17-1) on Wednesday, Oct 3 in a league match up.

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