Even though Mountain Volleyball had already wrapped up the SEYL title when Garces came into town last Thursday, the league finale was anything but anticlimactic.
It was a rousing and loud rivalry atmosphere in the THS gym and all that attended were witness to a convincing Mountain Volleyball three-set sweep over the Lady Rams.
Tehachapi (30-3; 10-0 SEYL) defeated Garces 25-14, 25-16, 25-23 to put the finishing touches on a monumental 30-win regular season and their first undefeated record in league since 2009.
Destiny Julye dominated the front court with 17 kills along with four digs, followed by Elayna Cramer with eight kills and Kim Smith with six kills, seven blocks and 14 service winners.
Brooklynn Cheney also had four blocks and four digs, Samantha Wallace had 35 assists and five digs, and Kelsey Schoenberg and Kendall Kapitzke each had four digs.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Warriors also took out Foothill, 25-14, 25-15, 25-11 behind 13 kills apiece from Cramer and Julye.
Simth also added 10 kills and two blocks and Maddie Orellana had five digs and three assists. Wallace also had a strong game with 34 assists and four aces.
The Lady Warriors earned the No. 2 seed in the CIF Division II playoffs this week and will take on No. 7 Mt. Whitney-Visalia this Thursday night at home, starting at 6:30 p.m. The last time the Pioneers and Warriors squared off in the postseason was in the 2005 CIF Division III championship, won by Mt. Whitney, 3-1.
Junior Varsity achieves perfection
The Lady Braves capped an undefeated SEYL season with a pair of thrilling wins this past week over Foothill and Garces.
Tehachapi (18-6-2; 10-0 SEYL) defeated Foothill 25-17, 24-26, 15-4 behind Cassidy Lambeth and Taylor Fritz both tallying seven kills.
Kirsten Medovitch also had six kills and two blocks, Kirstin Kabonic five kills, Jasmine Delgadillo seven kills and Presslee Gallegos four digs and 23 aces to highlight other strong performances. Breelyn Heath and Amanda Lara led the service game with a combined nine aces.
The Lady Braves ended their year with a comeback victory in the league finale over Garces, 20-25, 25-11, 15-11. Fritz led the team with seven kills and Medovitch and Lambeth each had six kills.
Delgadillo had three aces and five digs, Heath had two aces, Lara had seven digs and Kabonic had five blocks in other highlights.
Playing for the SEYL champion Lady Braves this season were Amanda Lara, Kirstin Kabonic, Kaeleigh Aitchison, Jasmine Delgadillo, Cassidy Lambeth, Taylor Fritz, Presslee Gallegos, Alex Peacon, Breelyn Heath, Brianna Mendez, Maddie Stone, Emerson Fischer and Kirsten Medovitch. The JV team was head coached by Chloe Podratz.
Frosh-Soph wins SEYL title
In a winner-take-all championship game with Garces, the Lady Indians came through to claim the SEYL title.
Tehachapi (12-7-1; 9-1 SEYL), who had an identical 8-1 league record heading into the finale with Garces, overcame a second set loss to win in a 25-17, 15-25, 15-9 victory.
Emily Soto had five kills and Jasmine Medovitch, Tessa Watts and Stevie Smith each had three kills for the Lady Indians. Brianna Revelle also had two blocks and Danielle Smith and Soto each had four digs. Medovitch led the team in digs with five and Watts had eight assists.
Earlier in the week THS defeated Foothill 25-20, 19-25, 15-7 behind America Sanchez's three kills and two kills each from Makenna Panek, Watts, Medovitch and Revelle.
Watts and Sanchez each had four aces, Soto had six digs and Taylor Williams, Watts and Stevie Smith each had three assists.
Playing for the SEYL champion Lady Indians this season were Tessa Watts, Danielle Smith, Brianna Revelle, Emily Soto, America Sanchez, Taylor Williams, Makenna Panek, Stevie Smith, Taylor Shumway, Kiara Mitchell, Lindsay Nava, Nikki Minton, Jasmine Medovitch and Nariel Hernandez. The frosh-soph team was head coached by Maura Smith.