Monarchs take down Tigers in 3

The Monarchs bounced back last week after a non-league loss to Bakersfield Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 19. On Thursday, the Monarchs headed to Woodlake where they took the Tigers in three games, 25-10, 25-21 and 25-12.

The win ups the Monarchs record to 13-3.

Exeter started the first game with an early lead behind Brittney Medrano's serving. Medrano finished the night with two aces and 12 kills.

The Monarchs pulled way ahead and took the game point with Kathryn Hutcheson serving for the last five points.

In game 2, Woodlake made it a back and forth battle with the teams tying at 10 points and again at 15. The Tigers beat the Monarchs to 20 with a 20-17 lead. Woodlake's Janee Plunkett got a kill for Woodlake's final point, bringing the score to 21-23, Exeter.

Exeter came up on top with Medrano getting the final kill to win 25-23.

In the final game, Exeter ran away with the lead and won the game 12-25 with Medrano hitting a serving ace for the game point.

Woodlake's Alley Reeves finished the game with eight kills, a single ace and four blocks. Darcie Pena had three kills and five blocks against the Monarchs. Kaela Brown also added four kills for the Monarchs.

&#8220Woodlake is improving so much and they played very hard,” Exeter coach Alana Montgomery said. &#8220We were inconsistent but had some very good moments. We must work hard and continue to get better.”

Exeter's top hitter was Callie Souza with 13 kills. Souza also had nine digs. Server Laura Brinkman led the defensive side of the match with 13 kills and served up 22 assists for offense. Kathryn Hutcheson put up big numbers with 12 kills, 10 assists and two aces. Sabina Lopez had 11 digs and Amber Capello had nine.

The Monarchs did not fair as well against Bakersfield Christian. Exeter lost it in three straight games, 25-27, 15-25 and 21-25.

&#8220Bakersfield Chrisitan is one of the best teams we've faced this season. They are Division V defending Champions,” Montgomery said. &#8220We did not pass well, therefore our attack was very predictable. Their big blockers were all over us. Despite our very average play, we tried hard and kept the score close.”

Top players for Exeter were Kendra Amann, Evan Dillon and Taylor Fahrni with five kills each. Capello had two aces and 13 digs while Sabina Lopez had 13 digs. Brinkman had 12 assists.

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