Setting up another Valley title

By Andrea Camarena

Defending Valley champions is a big title to live up to. Especially in a rebuilding year.

Having lost seven seniors from last year's dynamic squad, the Exeter Monarchs' haven't done too bad of a job this year of living up to their predecessors. Already earning the title of East Sequoia League Co-Champions (tied with Immanuel), the Monarchs just survived the first two rounds of playoffs and not by a land slide.

"Considering this year's adversity, I'm excited that we're in the final four," said head coach Alana Montgomery.

The Monarchs took down Fowler on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in a three-game sweep, 25-7, 25-12 and 25-11.

Tiffany Marinos gave the team her usual top-scoring performance putting away 15 kills against the Redcats. Renee Barnett nearly matched her with 12 kills in three games.

Barnett also hit the court for 10 total digs backed up by seven from Amanda Morgan. Morgan also put a few points on the board with 10 kills and a single serving ace.

The win on Tuesday night advanced them to host Sierra on Thursday, Nov. 11.

The Monarchs took close wins in the first two games both, ending at 25-22. But the Chieftains came back strong in the third game taking their only win 17-25. The Monarchs closed the competition with an aggressive 25-11 winning game.

Marinos finished up against Sierra with 20 kills, 23 digs and a single ace.

Barnett added 14 kills to the Monarchs winning scores along with two blocks and 11 digs.

Morgan put up six points by way of aces and eight more in kills.

The two wins last week advanced the team to the final four and faced another playoff match on Tuesday.

This year's squad received its share of recognition through several All-League nods. Tiffany Marinos was named East Sequoia League MVP while Libby Hellwig and Renee Barnett were both named to first team All-League.

Amanda Morgan and Reanna Laird both made second team and Brittany Walker and Ana Aguilar were both given honorable mentions.

With a majority of the team being first-year varsity players, the accomplishment is nothing short of impressive.

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