■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter
Hemet High School’s volleyball girls didn’t roll over like good Bulldogs last Thursday, but demonstrated their tenacity and ferocity as they welcomed their cross-town rivals, the San Jacinto Tigers.
A faulty serve gave the Tigers the first point of this first set, but the Bulldogs soon pulled their act together. Despite some slip-ups along the way, the Bulldogs took this first set 25-13.
The Bulldogs got a better start in the second set, taking six points before the Tigers got on the board. They only widened their lead from there, taking set two 25-9. By now, it was apparent the red dogs were on form.
The Tigers turned up the heat in the third set, to which Hemet responded in kind. The Tigers held the lead briefly at two different points in this set. But in the end the Bulldogs took this one too, 25-23. It was a 3-0 shutout!
Coach Joe Schnake is happy that his girls have improved their game this week: “It was a good win, coming off of Beaumont; Beaumont was kind of a rollercoaster of a ride on Tuesday [Sept. 19].”
But of course, Schnake recognizes San Jacinto is a good team too! “Coach Cory (Sumrall) is doing a great job trying to revitalize his team. His defense has been changed up, so we had to try to just stay a step ahead… It was good to see San Jacinto still coming in and battling it out.”
The top performers for Hemet in this match are as follows: Mckaylee Taylor, nine kills; Lauryn Patterson, eight kills; Haleigh Wicks, six kills; Madison McComas was a standout with 17 digs.
Match Summary: Hemet Bulldogs defeat San Jacinto Tigers 25-13, 25-9, 25-23.
Coming up: The freshman, varsity and junior varsity Bulldog teams head across town to make a run at the West Valley Mustangs this afternoon! Can the Bulldog teams hold their own? Can the Mustangs leave hoof marks on the dogs? Can the teams avoid knocking down any ceiling tiles? Be at West Valley by 3 p.m. to find out! Freshman and JV girls matches begin at 3:15 and the varsity match begins at 4:45 p.m.