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Santiago Volleyball off to another hot start

Girls Volleyball: Santiago sweeps Chino Hills

 

FROM the PREE ENTERPRISE
Published: Sept. 16, 2014 Updated: 12:54 p.m.
 
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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.

 
 
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The Corona Santiago girls volleyball team is off to another solid start, despite losing three of last season’s top attacking players to graduation.

Santiago (11-1) reached the semifinals of the Dave Mohs Tournament in Orange County over the weekend. The Sharks swept perennial powers Los Alamitos and Corona del Mar in the earlier rounds. Lakewood, top-ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA poll, edged the Sharks, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13, to advance to the championship. Santiago had won 49 consecutive regular-season matches before the loss.

Earlier this season, Santiago captured the Los Osos Tournament title, knocking off Big VIII League rvial Riverside King in the final.

Last season, Santiago compiled a 40-1 record, with the lone loss coming to San Jose Archbishop Mitty in the CIF-State Division 2 championship match. The Sharks finished the 2013 season with an impressive set record of 98-4.

Chanel Hoffman, Cheyenne Richards and Alexandra Kloehn combined for 879 kills last season, but all three are playing in college. The top hitters this season are Makayla Wolfe (207 kills in 2013) and Lauren Lee (185).

ERIC-PAUL JOHNSON