Parker ends Exeter's run for State

By Andrea Camarena

The gym erupted with each hit, with each return, with each sideout. The Exeter gym was a deafening arena as the Lady Monarchs answered each point made by opponent La Salle on Nov. 22.

The packed crowd watched and screamed as the Monarchs overpowered Pasadena's LaSalle High School in three straight games to advance to the second round of State playoffs for the first time since 1994.

&#8220It was the most intense and exciting game of the season,” Exeter coach Alana Montgomery said. &#8220It was enhanced by the extremely enthusiastic crowd.”

The Monarchs have excelled in both the league and Valley this year capturing championship titles in the East Sequoia League and the Division IV Central Section.

Exeter went nearly undefeated this season falling in just one non-league tournament contest early in the season. While the team has trained and played hard all season, they've made beating the toughest competition in the area look like a breeze.

In their win over the La Salle Lancers, the Monarchs' experienced and proven passing game was finally put to a strenuous test.

&#8220LaSalle was the tallest team that we encountered this year, but the girls weren't intimidated,” Montgomery said. &#8220Each girl was pushed to play their best and they all responded successfully.”

La Salle seemed to answer every one of Exeter's points with one of their own.

&#8220The team got behind several times, but the girls never gave up,” Montgomery said. &#8220Advancing to the quarterfinals of State was a big step for our program.”

The Monarchs managed to pull ahead of the Lancers with strong hitting from senior outside hitter Tiffany Marinos making 16 kills and senior Renee Barnett making 15.

Another standout for the night, Callie Souza made 14 digs for the night while setter Laura Brinkman had 45 assists.

The Monarchs won three straight games and packed their bags for San Diego where they faced their toughest opponent of the season, Francis Parker High School.

&#8220Francis W. Parker is the defending State Champion and their team played like it,” Exeter coach Alana Montgomery said. &#8220They were good in all phases of the game. Our ball control, serve receiving, was not sharp putting our offense out of sync all night. The girls tried hard, never gave up and got better each game. In games two and three, we got close but the superior team always pulled ahead.”

&#8220I would especially like to thank all of the people who supported us this season,” Montgomery said. &#8220Exeter volleyball fans are the best. They packed the gym for the last three games and gave the girls a huge boost. The number of spectators who followed us to San Diego was awesome. Again, thank you to the community of Exeter.”

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