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Tuesday, Nov 20 2012 05:00 AM

Lady Warriors close year at Lemoore Tehachapi volleyball ends season in CIF semifinals

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Elayna Cramer made one of her six blocks on this play aiding in the Lady Warriors victory in game three during the CIF volleyball playoffs in Lemoore. Cramer was also credited with four kills in the match. Photo by Michael Duffy

Lady Warrior Tiffany Short logs a kill in CIF volleyball action last week at Lemoore High School. Short finished with five kills, two aces and three blocks. Photo by Michael Duffy

A back and forth first game set the tone early in the match, with Lemoore eventually closing out the Lady Warriors in four games and ending a memorable season for Mountain Volleyball.

Tehachapi (31-3) lost the match against the Tigers by a 26-24, 25-15, 26-28, 25-16 score, almost winning the first game that featured over a dozen lead changes.

"We went back and forth in scoring, we were ahead and ended up losing a close one. But the girls did not let the early loss slow them down," said head coach Sally White.

Destiny Julye gave Tehachapi their first lead in game one at 13-12 with an authoritative spike, and registered another kill later in the contest for a 23-21 lead. After a Lemoore error, the Lady Warriors had match point at 24-22, forcing a timeout.

Following the brief break in play, the Tigers went on to score four straight points to rally in the game one win, 26-24. With momentum on their side, Lemoore also took the second game for a commanding 2-0 lead.

"We came out playing aggressive," added White. "After being down, we were determined not to let the season end. We talked about trusting each other, tightening up on defense and playing smart, one point at a time."

Faced with a 12-9 deficit in the third game, Mountain Volleyball rallied with a 8-2 run to take a 17-14 lead. Julye then took over the game in the final points, tying the contest at 25-25 with a kill. With the game tied again at 26-26, Julye reeled off two more booming spikes to give the Lady Warriors a thrilling 28-26 win.

"We had an exciting finish to game three and the girls were pumped up and ready for game four," White said. "In the end, Lemoore finished on top but we never gave up."

Overall in the contest, Julye led the team with 22 kills and four blocks, Kayleigh Jarrett had 12 digs and eight points won on serve, and Kim Smith had seven kills. Other leaders were Tiffany Short with five kills, Elayna Cramer with four kills and six blocks and Samantha Wallace with 37 assists.

With the defeat, Tehachapi finishes the season with a 31-3 record overall, the second most wins in one season for mountain volleyball. The Lady Warriors are also one of only six Division II teams state wide to accomplish a 30-win season as of last week's standings.

Helping to orchestrate the 30 wins were three talented seniors in Kayleigh Jarrett, Tiffany Short and Danielle Simpson.

"The coaching staff was thrilled with the many accomplishments this season," said White. "Our senior leadership was fantastic and the future of Tehachapi High volleyball is very bright."

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