By Ray Conner
The jayvee Lady Broncs volleyball squad began their year doing the splits.
They would fall to Foothill but rally back to beat Wonderful College Prep Academy (Delano).
Kern Valley opened their season on the road as they traveled to Foothill. The match on August 21 ended in two straight games as the Lady Trojans took game one 25-9 over Kern Valley.
Game Two was a much closer contest as the Lady Broncs tried to battle back. However, the final score was 25-22 for Foothill giving them the match victory.
According to head coach Nathan Schultz, the player of the match was Madison Mariano, as she had two kills.
Summer Dourlain and Kimmy Fogle each had three digs in the match. Haily Martinez, Haley Tedrow, Carolyn Harbaugh, and Kaila Gholson each delivered one service ace in the match.
Schultz said, “The players are focusing on communication, passing skills, and defense. This was a great learning opportunity for the team. Our goal this season is to get a little better every game.”
Two days later, a trip to Delano was at hand. They faced off with the Lady Wolves. It took three games to decide a match winner. Wonderful took game one of the match 17-25 to put the Lady Broncs in a hole. Kern Valley battled back to capture game two 25-14 to even up the match at one game apiece.
Game three was a close battle as neither team would give in. Kern Valley found themselves behind 12-6 in this game, but came together and rallied. In the end it was the Lady Broncs winning the game 17-15 to collect the match victory.
Schultz’ Player of the Match went to Tedrow as she collected three blocks, a pair of serving aces, and six kills. This early into the season, Tedrow leads the team in blocks (6), aces (5), and kills (7).
Schultz’ said, “The team showed great resilience. At one time they were down 12-6 in the third game. Haley’s (Tedrow) defense was outstanding the entire match.”
It will be a busy week for the Lady Broncs as they played a home match on Tuesday. They will be back at home Thursday and then will compete in a tournament in Shafter on Saturday.