A marquee matchup in Kern County volleyball last week turned into a one-sided affair, with Tehachapi making quick work of perennial power Bakersfield Christian in 25-9, 25-16, 25-21 decisive victory.
The Lady Warriors played near flawless volleyball in the season opener for both teams, cruising to a complete game sweep behind steady serving by Samantha Wallace (16 points and two aces) and booming put-downs by Destiny Julye (14 kills) and Elayna Cramer (10 kills).
Strong defense also took center stage for Tehachapi, with Kim Smith recording six blocks and freshman Brooklyn Cheney recording four blocks. Julye also had six digs and Wallace 32 assists to lead the team in both categories.
Tehachapi's win over Bakersfield Christian marks the third-consecutive match victory over the Eagles, winning nine games in a row dating back to last season.
Tehachapi (1-0) also participated in a round-robin scrimmage last Wednesday at Mira Monte High School, recording strong performances against Golden Valley, Frontier, Independence, West and Stockdale.
The Lady Warriors will be in action again this Friday and Saturday in a tournament in Clovis.
The Lady Braves came back from a first game deficit to take a tightly contested 19-25, 25-20, 15-10 win over Bakersfield Christian in the season opener for both teams.
Kirstin Kabonic had 10 kills to lead the offense.
Breelyn Heath also had a team leading 12 points won on serve and three aces and Jasmine Delgadillo also had a strong service night with 10 service winners.
Kirsten Medovicth had four digs on the night, while Kaeleigh Aitchison had three blocks followed by Amanda Lara, Alex Peacon and Delgadillo with two blocks apiece.
The Lady Braves will have their next match at home this Thursday against Frontier, starting at 5 p.m.
The Indians lost their home opener last week to BCHS in a close 25-23, 25-15 defeat.
Tessa Watts had four kills to lead THS, while Lindsay Nava and Brianna Revelle each had two aces. Emily Soto recorded two digs in the contest, while Nikki Minton and Revelle both had a block.
The Indians will be at home this Thursday against Frontier starting at 3:30 p.m.