Lady Tigers disarm the Lancers

San Jacinto Girls Volleyball defeated Lakeside last Thursday, 3-0

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
The victorious Lady Tigers, post-game. Their next match is this afternoon in Twentynine Palms.

■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

It ain’t easy being green these days. Last Thursday at San Jacinto High School, their varsity volleyball girls demonstrated that being orange is no easier. They had to contend with the green Lancers from Lakeside High. The Tiger Gymnasium saw a decent turnout as orange clashed with green.
The Tigers kept an edge on the Lancers throughout the first game of this almost-Friday match. But even as the Lancers tried to keep up, the Tiger girls were on fire. Game one went to San Jacinto 25-19.
The Tigers got another good start in the second game, taking the first two points before Lakeside got in the game. The two teams evened out in the middle of this game, only to see the Tigers rocket ahead. Orange would juice the Lancers 25-15.
With game three on the line, the spirit on both sides of the bleachers was electric: Just before this game got going, fans of both teams got into a little chant war, which kept going as the game started. Once again, the Tigers drew first blood. But this time the Lancers were right on their heels. The two teams kept within two points of each other in this third game, but after equaling their orange competition at the 11-point mark…the Lancers gained an edge on the Tigers. But the home team recovered, pushing the game to an intense match point. Both teams got to 25, but it would be the tigers taking the match with 27-25. (In this case, they had to win by two!)
Coach Cory Sumrall was pleased that his girls were able to overcome their nerves in the end: “First set, I think we had a little bit of nerves. Second set when they finally calmed down, my starters were able to pull a big lead and I was able to play everybody. Third set, I like to try and keep the girls loose, try to sub in people where they’re not used to so that they’re able to stay relaxed and be on edge at the same time. So when they go into a different spot, they have to adjust, figure it out and become smarter volleyball players.”
The top players in this game were Angie Alvarez with 11 kills, Iasia Bailey with 10 and Magnolia Worthington with nine. There were 33 kills, 10 aces and 21 digs in all. Not a bad day’s work! This brings their season record up to 2-1.
The Tigers are headed to Twentynine Palms today to face some very green Wildcats. Go San Jacinto!

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