Santiago Volleyball off to another hot start
Girls Volleyball: Santiago sweeps Chino Hills
Lauren Lee, back playing her right-side attacking position for the second set, registered four kills on as many swings to help Santiago jump to a 16-10 lead.
Chino Hills rallied behind the attacking of Meghan Buzzerio to go up 21-20.
However, Makayla Wolfe made certain the set did not slip away for Santiago. The star 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker hammered down four kills at the end, giving the Sharks a two-set advantage. Wolfe had seven kills in the second set.
Santiago's junior setter Jessie Prichard used all of her weapons in the third set. All five attackers had at least two kills.
Santiago (12-1) has three new starters in attacking positions – outside hitters Bailee Turang and Jordan Koehnke and middle blocker Natalie Shollin. All three were on the varsity team last year and have a strong chemistry with Prichard.
“I have a lot of confidence with all three of them, and so I never hesitate to set them,” Prichard said. "They're new to starting, but they're doing a great job."
Wolfe finished with 14 kills to lead the Santiago attack. Turang had 10 kills, and Lee and Shollin each had nine.
Santiago also got strong defensive play in the back row, especially from libero Natalia Betancourt and defensive specialist Sarah Smevog. Betancourt finished with 27 digs, and Smevog, a freshman, provided pinpoint passing.
“We are very close to where I wanted us to be after three weeks,” Elvik said.
Buzzerio, who is headed to Arizona, led Chino Hills with 12 kills, and Alexis Cardozaadded 10 kills for the Huskies.