In a Highway 65 volleyball battle, the Exeter Monarchs brought down the Lindsay Cardinals with three wins in three games.
Facing the Cardinals on Exeter territory boded well for the Monarchs who went 25-5, 25-17 and 25-13 on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Renee Barnett led the team's top-notch offense with 14 kills and one ace against the Cardinals. Amanda Morgan shined on both offense, with 12 serving aces and five kills, as well as defense with nine digs. Barnett and Ana Aguilar had a strong defensive game as well pushing up eight digs for the Monarchs.
The team's only setter, Libby Hellwig, faced trouble on the court against Lindsay. With a bad plant, Hellwig rolled and sprained her ankle. The team is unsure of when she will return to the court. Morgan will act as Hellwig's replacement through her recovery.
"Amanda is doing a great job but with an eight girl team, having Libby back and having everyone in their best position would be much better for the team," said head coach Alana Montgomery.
Although the game was not as smooth as their normal play, the Monarch's still stayed in their winning ways when they defeated Orosi in three games on Oct. 7.
Despite the absence of their setter on the court the girls adjusted to their new positions. Baille Hellwig came up big on offense and put away 12 kills. Barnett also stayed strong with nine kills, 10 digs and four aces.
Another standout Monarch athlete, Tiffany Marinos, returned to the court on Thursday to hit six kills, eight digs and a single ace.
The night ended with 25-12, 25-5 and 25-14 victories over Orosi. The two wins tally the team's league record up to 6-0.
The Monarch JV team also showed off a few winning performances in the last two weeks. Following the JV Visalia tournament, Exeter now has another championship to boast. The Monarchs went undefeated through five rounds of the tournament on Oct. 2 defeating Reedley in their final match 25-19 and 25-17. Collie Souza led the team in kills with 26 for the day. Brittany Medrano also came up big with 18 kills and three blocks. Jessica Davis showed the top performance in serving with 10 aces. Amber Capello also served nine aces in the five games. In league play, the JV Monarchs wrapped up Tuesday's meeting with lindsay in two rounds, 25-8 and 25-13. Against the Cardinals, Laura Brinkman showed the most ferocity in her serves, producing seven aces for the Monarchs.
The JV squad showed the same dominance when they travelled to Orosi on Thursday. With eight kills and four aces from Souza the Monarchs swept the Cardinals 25-8 and 25-9. The JV record escalates to an undefeated ESL showing of 6-0. Next, the Monarch's host Corcoran on Thursday, Oct. 14. The Freshman game begins at 4:30 in the main gym.