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Watsonville gets first divisional win

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012

Watsonville High's Lexie Gonzales serves during the third game of the Wildcatz's match against North Salinas on Tuesday. Gonzales finished with 11 kills. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE - On their fourth try, the Wildcatz got that first divisional win they had been searching for.

Watsonville High's girls volleyball team defeated North Salinas 26-24, 25-16, 25-14 on Tuesday night to improve to 1-3 in the Monterey Bay League's Gabilan Division.

Not only had the Wildcatz lost their first three matches in divisional play, they had only won two games altogether. North Salinas, which had the two tallest players on the court in Riley Ashen and Kayla Harper, had plans of sending Watsonville to a fourth consecutive loss.

However, the Vikings couldn't get any lengthy rallies going. Neither could Watsonville.

There were 14 ties in the first game. North Salinas took a 21-20 lead when Ashen fired a kill that the Watsonville front line couldn't control. Watsonville answered back with a kill by Cassey Covington to tie the game at 21-21.

Covington then served consecutive aces, giving Watsonville a 23-21 lead. Ashen gave North Salinas a lift with a kill to the back end of the court. That started a three-point spurt for the Vikings, who were on the brink of the game one victory at 24-23.

Watsonville took a timeout and responded with a cross-court kill and consecutive aces to win the first game.

It carried the momentum into the second game, as it won four straight points, two being Karina Frias aces, to take a 4-2 lead. The Wildcatz never trailed in the second game and built a 20-12 lead thanks to a wild save by the back row of players.

Defense definitely helped the Wildcatz counter any attack thrown by Ashen or Harper.

For the complete article see the 10-04-2012 issue.

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