By: Sabine Mixon
Many people measure the success of a team by the wins and losses.
When the final week concludes and the players despair that their season is over, no matter the record, you know that your season has been successful in many other ways. The Kern Valley varsity volleyball team knows this fact all too well as they took to the court for the final time this past week.
They were at Bishop on Oct. 22 and on the home court against Mammoth for Senior Night two days later.
At the final High Desert League match against Bishop, the Lady Broncs came to the court in a new offensive rotation to explore possibilities for the 2020 season. This rotation proved to be uncomfortable for them in an 11-25 loss, so they quickly returned to the established set up and fought back in set two for a close loss of 24-26. In set three the fight was still strong and the Broncs won 25-22, but allowed the fourth set to slip away 14-25.
Thursday was the time to honor our beloved senior players, Alyson Bangert, Lexi Baker, Arian Hess and Maya Wicker before the non-league match with Mammoth High School. The Lady Broncs were a little emotional coming onto the court, but came out ready to play, knowing that Mammoth was a very strong team, freelancing in the HDL this year as they prepare to join the league in 2020.
Mammoth had won not only the Mammoth tournament and the Cal City tournament, but had also dominated the HDL throughout the season. They also were equipped with the knowledge that Mammoth will be graduating their starting lineup of six seniors. Having lost in a definitive way at the prior meeting, the squad threw their caution to the wind and played a more aggressive and risky game than before. The squad was very happy with their performance in this final match.
The loss came in three sets 20-25, 19-25 and 14-25, but the battle was one of the best games of the season. Kern Valley left the court with smiles and hugs, rejoicing in the camaraderie of their teammates and knowing that the preparation for the 2020 season was already underway.
Leading the week in stats in the area of ace serves were Alyson Bangert, Lexi Baker, Brookelynn Gallis and Haley Tedrow, each picking up three. Haily Martinez fired off a pair of aces, while Arian Hess recorded one.
Tedrow came away with the “Hammer Award”, slamming down 16 kills, Bangert and Gallis terminating seven and six respectively. Wicker and Sheridan Muth collected three apiece, while Hess and Madison Mariano had two each. Baker knocked down one kill.
Tedrow also collected two solo blocks, while Wicker put the roof on one.
Martinez led in the team in assists with 11. She was followed by Hess with 10, while Wicker and Gallis each finished with five. Muth was credited with three, while Bangert recorded two. Summer Dourlain and Mariana Gray each grabbed one.
Dourlain also added 26 digs to her record, while Hess and Baker had 13. Tedrow collected nine, while Martinez had eight., Bangert and Wicker recorded seven digs apiece, while Gray and Caley Osorio each had two digs.
Kern Valley season leaders are as follows:
Service aces –Hess (64), Gallis (50), Martinez (47).
Kills-Tedrow (100), Wicker (76), Bangert (63).
Assists-Hess (143), Martinez ( 88), Wicker (29).
Receptions-Dourlain (255), Tedrow (155), Osorio (143).
Blocks-Wicker (18), Tedrow (17), Bangert (5).
Digs-Hess (154), Dourlain ( 138), Tedrow (132).
Head coach Sabine Mixon said, “The Lady Broncs are already preparing and looking forward to the 2020 volleyball sea-son. We would like to thank you for your support throughout the year and hope that you will continue to come out and stand behind your Lady Broncs!”