Lady Broncs take second at Shafter Tournament

Ray Conner
Sports / Kern Valley Sun

The junior varsity Lady Broncs volleyball squad finished second at the Shafter Tournament this past Saturday.

Kern Valley went through pool play undefeated as they took care of North, Kennedy, and Garces to move on to bracket play. They won both games against each school in pool play.
In bracket play it was winner take all as the first team to 25 would be declared the winner and advance to the championship game.

The Lady Broncs dominated the tournament host school Shafter as they collected the 25-17 victory.

With the win they would move on to the title game against Cesar Chavez.

In the championship game, Kern Valley could not sustain the momentum they had built up and were defeated in two games 15-7 and 15-13. Despite the loss, the Lady Broncs would come home in second place for the tournament.

Head coach Brianna Moss said, “The girls played really well and got a lot of great experience.

Sports Editor’s Note: Individual stats were not made available for the tournament.

Kern Valley opened up their volleyball season at home against Foothill on August 20.

The Lady Trojans would take the match in two straight games. Kern Valley lost the first game 25-22 and followed that with the 25-23 loss.

Kern Valley stats were as follows:

Kills-Delaney Lykins 1, Harli Bowen 1.
Service aces: Kaila Gholson 3, Lykins 1, Marianna Gray 1.
Assists: Lykins 2.
Moss said, “The girls played well and stayed close with a good Foothill team.”

Two days later it was another home match against Wonderful College Prep Academy (Delano).

The Lady Broncs were outmatched in this one. Wonderful dominated in game one as they won 25-2. They followed that up with a 25-15 victory in game two to earn the match win.

Kills: Bowen 1, Gholson 1.
Service aces: Lykins 2.
Digs: Gray 3.

Moss said, “This was a rough game. We were practicing a new rotation and had some trouble. Wonderful was a good serving team.”