The mountain volleyball juggernaut continued to roll this past week, with the Lady Warriors taking out Bakersfield Christian in a non-league match and winning their second straight tournament of the pre-season with a championship at the Wolfpack Invitational.
The Lady Warriors, playing their old SSL rival BCHS, flexed their talent in a big way with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 sweep over the perennial Kern County power.
Kim Smith, Destiny Julye, Tiffany Short, Elayna Cramer and Danielle Simpson combined for 33 kills in the decisive win, while Smith had a game high 11 blocks on the night.
Cramer also added five blocks, while Samantha Wallace had 26 assists and Kayleigh Jarrett, Short and Julye combined for 22 digs.
Prior to the match with BCHS, Tehachapi (15-0) went a perfect 6-0 in the Ridgeview Wolfpack invitational in Bakersfield, dropping only one game throughout the entire tournament.
The tournament win was highlighted with a finals victory over the Bakersfield Drillers, with Mountain Volleyball rallying from a first game setback to win 15-25, 25-20, 15-11.
Smith had eight kills and Juyle seven kills in the solid win over one of Kern County’s best teams, while Jarrett had nine digs in the back row.
Other tournament victories at the Wolfpack Invite came against Highland (26-24, 25-6), West (25-15, 25-10 and 25-11, 25-11), Wasco (25-10, 25-8) and Foothill (25-9, 25-10).
Tehachapi (15-0) opened up another tournament this past weekend at Highland, winning their first two matches over Shafter and Lindsay in the preliminary rounds. Full results of the Highland tournament will be highlighted in next week’s Tehachapi News.
Junior Varsity and Frosh-Soph
The Lady Braves and Indians played competitive matches against Bakersfield Christian, but in the end the Eagles won both contests against the Tehachapi underclassmen teams.
Tehachapi’s jayvee squad lost 25-8, 25-17 to the Eagles, but had strong games from Brooke Boyd and Madison Stone, who both had two kills.
Presslee Gallegos and Stone both had two aces, with Gallegos also adding six assists. Cassidy Lambeth led the team in digs with four, followed by Jasmine Delgadillo and Stone with three digs and Alanna Bell and Boyd with two digs each.
In the frosh-soph game, the Lady Indians fell by a score of 25-21, 25-13.
Tessa Watts led the way in the match with five kills, followed close behind by Kaylee Lambert, Alex Peacon, Brianna Mendez, Roni Norris, Valerie Malcom, who all had three kills apiece.
Alex Caballero, Peacon, and Norris all had two aces to lead other highlights for the frosh-soph squad.
The Indians also participated in a tournament earlier this month at Shafter, going 4-1 by defeating Wasco (15-13, 9-15, 15-5), Bakersfield (15-10, 15-7) and South (15-9, 15-11), dropping only one match in the tournament to McFarland.