The West Valley Volleyball boys defeated Heritage at home last Thursday, 3 – 1
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
High school sports teams vary from year to year. But since taking over the net in 2013, Coach Shaun Pulsipher has worked hard to keep his volleyball boys at West Valley High School in top shape. His efforts were tested Thursday, March 15 as the Heritage Patriots visited from Romoland.
West Valley quickly got the upper hand on the Patriots and spiked it to them in set one. The Mustangs took this one and then some, 25-11.
Set two saw the Patriots gain a slight edge on the Mustangs. But the Mustangs stuck it through, and even made several lead changes happen. In the end, West Valley just edged out Heritage 25-23.
Heritage showed continued improvement going into set three, quickly mounting the Mustangs and riding them throughout. The Mustangs tried their best to shake them, but this only saw the Patriots cling harder to their reins, taking set three, 25-19.
In the fourth set, the Patriots got the early lead again, and it looked as if they would equalize the match. But then the Mustangs got going and continued to nip at the Patriots’ heels. After a very hotly-contested set, the Mustangs took the lead and held off Heritage just enough to win the set 25-22 and finish the match with a 3-1 victory.
Killing it for the Mustangs were Jacob Anderson with 12 kills, Kayden Hernandez with 10 and Alex Armenta with 5. Hernandez aced a pair of aces, helped by Gustavo Ruiz and Juan Flores who each had 1 as well. Anderson had also been recognized by Maxpreps as the “Player of the Match.”
Pulsipher was just happy his Mustangs got the win, no matter how they did. “It was an exciting game. It was fun to watch, fun for our players, so it was a great win overall,” said Pulsipher, who also noticed his Mustangs’ momentary loss of face. “We started off slow in those last couple of sets. My guys did a good job of keeping their composure—getting back in the game, tying it up and from there they were able to pull ahead in the end and get a nice kill to finish it off by Jacob Anderson.”
Pulsipher also acknowledged the Patriots as having provided worthy competition for his boys.
With this win, West Valley are now 6-4 for the season, while Heritage fall to 0-5.