East County Sports

Valhalla grabs share of Hills League title

Oct. 29, 2015

EastCountySports.com staff report

Grossmont Hills League

Valhalla def. Granite Hills 26-24, 16-25, 25-21, 26-24 – Maiya Lopez, of Valhalla, had 16 kills, 14 digs and three aces, while teammate Brittney Beltz had 41 assists as the Norse improved to 6-1 on the team’s senior night to hold a one-game edge with one game remaining in the Hills League season.

Valhalla’s Rachel Kuhn had 22 digs, while sophomore Hailey Wilson added seven kills and four blocks. Senior Cameron Douma added 13 digs for Valhalla (16-7), while teammate Mady Woods dug out 12.

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In the first set, Valhalla started out with a 4-point lead that they gradually lost when Granite tied the game at 13-13. Both teams battled for points throughout the rest of the match, Granite started to pull away at 20-23, forcing Valhalla to call a timeout. The Norsemen were able to catch up and tie the game, 24-24. Valhalla gained the next point, and Granite called a timeout but it proved futile when Valhalla won the set, 26-24 with a block.

As the second set began, both teams struggled for a lead yet the Eagles started to pull away. The Eagles started with a 4 point lead, which progressed to a 5 point lead,. They continued to dominate with a 9 point lead, 13-22. The Norsemen finally regained possession of the ball but the deficit was too great, the Eagles won the set, 16-25.

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The third set began like the second, but this time Valhalla was the one to pull away with a lead. The Norsemen had a 5 point lead causing the Eagles to call a timeout, but again it was not beneficial. The Norsemen increased their lead to 7 points. Granite Hills attempted to have a comeback at 23-19 but it was too late and Valhalla won the set, 25-21.

In the fourth and final set the Norsemen had a 7 point lead at 17-10. The Eagles were capable of making a comeback this game and reduced the lead to 3 points at 20-17.

Both teams exchanged points, tying the game up at 21-21, 23-23, and again at 24-24. This meant that the winner of the set would need to win by 2. After a missed serve by the Eagles, the Norsemen gained the other point and won the set, 26-24.

Before the match started, the girls honored their 8 seniors: Beltz, Kuhn, Douma, Tiare Spitz-Johnson, Nicole Campos, Josephine Fairchild, Julia Magaña, and Vanessa Rancaster.

Head coach Doug Babington gave a short heartfelt intro for each senior then a teammate gave a speech commemorating each player, giving each of them a gift.

The Norse’s next game will be at West Hills on November 3. This game will determine their seed in CIF.

 – Reta Behram, Valhalla Saga

West Hills def. Grossmont, 21-25, 25-23, 25-10, 25-23 – Lauren Ledford had 16 kills for West Hills, while teammate Kendall Cady had 14 kills.

The Wolf Pack improved to 5-2 in the Hills League and 20-9 overall.


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El Cajon Valley seniors are honored on Senior Night.

Grossmont Valley League

El Capitan def. El Cajon Valley 25-11, 25-6, 25-11 – El Capitan clinched second place in the Valley League at 7-2 and improved 19-5 overall.

Junior Maria Lotta had 8 kills and five aces to lead El Capitan on the road, while junior Savannah Minshew added four kills, 17 digs and seven aces

Helix def. Monte Vista 25-16, 25-12, 25-6 – Helix wrapped up the Valley League (9-0, 19-5)  title with the sweep over the Monarchs.

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