Girls Volleyball: West Valley defeats Citrus Hill at Senior Night beating the Hawks to take spot in CIF for first time in three years
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Being at the top of your game means staying on top of your game. The West Valley High School volleyball girls had to keep this in mind on Friday, Oct. 5, for two reasons: 1) It was their senior night in the Mustang gym. 2) The Citrus Hill Hawks were in town for a game. One can safely assume you don’t need any further reasons.
The Hawks served first this evening but the Mustangs quickly drew first blood, scoring the first five points in the first set. They would maintain an early lead before the Hawks narrowed the gap. This momentary loss of face didn’t faze the Mustangs, as they held off this bird strike to win set one 25-17. The Mustangs continued their winning ways in set two, taking a commanding lead over Citrus Hill. The Hawks tried to dig themselves out of a double-digit deficit and made some headway on several Mustang errors, but their efforts were too little too late. West Valley squeezed set two out of Citrus Hill, 25-13.
With the tally 2-nil West Valley, it was do-or-die for the Hawks. But somewhere in the thought process, the Hawks encountered “bird-brain” and continued to struggle against the Mustangs. In the end, the Mustangs took set three 25-7 to shut out Citrus Hill and secure their spot in the CIF playoffs.
Topping the ACE charts this game was Aubrie Fleming with seven aces, while Molia Tuia killed it in the kills department with 13.
Coach Shaun Pulsipher is definitely proud of his Mustangs today: “We knew it was a huge game for us; As you could tell by the girls chanting, this was a CIF clenching game, we haven’t been there for three years. My girls came excited, they were prepared and they showed they wanted it.”
Assistant Coach Jamie Palmer is also hopeful for their CIF prospects: “I think we’re gonna have a great run this CIF, it’s gonna be awesome!”
This being senior night, Pulsipher having moved it up per parental requests, friends and family celebrated these outgoing teammates: Molia Tuia, Carly Alderson, Allie Beckers, Alyssa Chapparosa, Paige Pierce, Noelia Ruiz, Aubrie Fleming and Jordan Hubbell.
Right now, the Lady Mustangs are 6-2 in league and 19-5 overall and are tied for second place in league with Beaumont. But the season’s not over yet! The Mustangs still have one more game to go, tomorrow at 4:30 against the Hemet Bulldogs who are 7-nil and 22-7. This could get messy.