Patriots edge out Lady Titans

Tahquitz girls volleyball engaged in a see-saw battle with visiting Heritage High, losing 3-2

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
The Titans face off against the Heritage Patriots. It would be a see-saw battle, with Heritage winning 3-2.

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

American high schools have a longstanding heritage when it comes to athletics: Students are taught to play like champions. So would Tahquitz High School’s volleyball girls be able to hold a candle to Menifee’s Heritage High at their Sept. 12 match?
Tahquitz got off to a two-point start before the Patriots found their footing. Green and gold would stay neck-and-neck with the red, white and blue throughout most of set one. The Patriots pulled ahead toward the end and made it look like this was their game. But the Titans recovered and took set one 25-23.
The Lady Patriots would get the better start in set two, taking five points before Coach Jena Scripps called a timeout to awaken her Titans. From there, dark green started to light up again. It would take until the seven-point mark to equalize, but the Titans did it. But then the Patriots proved their colors don’t run: They rocketed ahead and took set two 25-17.
The Titans got back into their groove in set three, getting a three-point head start on the Patriots. Once again, the two teams were almost level on the court. However, the Patriots kept a slight edge on the Titans for much of this third set. The teams would equalize and draw out game point to 28-26, putting the Titans up 2-1.
Set four saw another close race, this time with the Titans getting the edge after the Patriots took the first point. But through a series of missteps, the Patriots overtook them 25-18.
This see-saw battle resulted in a rare set five, and fans were now on the edge of their seats. Heritage once again took the edge over the Titans and ran with it. The Patriots would take a star-spangled win 15-8.
Other than hitting errors, Scripps is very proud of her team: “(We) made too many hitting errors, but everything else was right there. We’ve yet to beat them, but it was extremely close and I’m really proud.”

Match summary: Menifee defeated Tahquitz 23-25, 25-17, 26-28, 25-18, 15-8.

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