The crowd at Tuesday, Nov. 10 non-league bout between the Woodlake Tigers and the visiting Hanford West Huskies saw Woodlake’s volleyball squad beat Hanford West by a tally of 3-1.
It was a tight game against the Huskies as both teams traded off points in the first period. However, toward the end of the first set with the score tied at 18-18, the Tigers took the lead after Ayanna Garcia and Hannah Sherwood attacked on the net bringing the score to 22-20. After a bad serve by Hanford’s McKenzie Harris sent the ball back into Tiger territory, Woodlake managed to take the set 25-22.
With the Tigers in possession of the ball at the opening of the second set, Sherwood managed the first ace of the evening as well as securing a three-point lead over Hanford. However, the momentum of Sherwood’s ace did not carry over throughout the game as the Tigers handed the second set over to the Huskies in a 20-25 loss.
Determined to progress into playoffs the Tigers came back into the third set with a vengeance as they quickly put two points on the board. Both teams played defensively trading off possession of the ball throughout much of the game. The Tigers didn’t capture the two-point lead until a missed dig by Hanford’s Sierra Allen allowed Woodlake to break the long standing tie, 19-20. However, the Tiger lead was short lived after an out-of-bounds point was given to the Huskies. With both teams tied at 24-24 it was an out-of-bounds tip that gave Woodlake a one point lead and the ball allowing the team to take the third set 26-24.
With victory in their sights, the Tigers entered the fourth set with an unstoppable energy. The Huskies defense continued to play hard but they were no match for the Tigers as they fell behind by a margin of three points early on. Mistakes by the Huskies continued as the Tigers maintained possession of the ball. An impressive play by Garcia, in which the middle blocker gently tipped the ball over the net extended the lead 24-21. With Callie Vincent as the server, the team earned the final point, 25-21. With the win, Woodlake upgraded its record to 18-12 on the year, as well as moved the team further into playoffs.
The Tigers traveled to Mission Oak to play the Hawks in a non-league bout on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Hawks went into the match with a record of 25-6, having recently defeated Delano 3-0 in a league bout. Unfortunately for the Woodlake Tigers, the Hawks proved to be too much as Mission Oak swept the Tigers 3-0.
It was a close first set as Tigers managed to stay in pace with the Hawks; ultimately, the team was not able to gain a strong lead resulting in a 21-25 loss. It was a another close set as the Tigers fell to the Hawks 18-25 in the second set. Going into the third set, the Tigers still had the opportunity to defeat the Hawks but could not rise to the challenge as they were defeated 17-25. The Woodlake Tigers ended their season against the Hawks 18-13.