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Escalon Volleyball Opens League Schedule With Road Win
Escalon junior Karisa McNeil sets the ball for a teammate in the second game of varsity girls volleyball at Riverbank on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Lady Cougars finished on top in all three games of Trans-Valley League action to sweep the host Lady Bruins. Times Photo By Ric McGinnis

Trans-Valley League play got underway this past week for the Escalon volleyball program.

The girls traveled to Riverbank for the Wednesday, Sept. 6 contest and the varsity took a straight sets victory, 25-9, 25-15, 25-10.

Chloe Fraser notched 10 kills, Sophia Martin had nine kills and five aces. Claire Barkus had seven kills while Lisa Murga and Payton Houser-Keaton had two blocks each. Macie Vickers added 17 digs on defense, Aniston Hunt had five aces and 14 assists.

“We did a decent job of taking care of our side of the court and serving and hitting tough,” said head coach Shay Beam.

Thursday, they topped Enochs in non-league play, 25-16, 25-5, 25-14.

“Against Enochs, serving tough was what set us apart and Mady Herrera went on a 10-point run with three aces, helping us secure our win,” Beam explained. “On offense our setters spread out the ball nicely with Sophia Martin, Lisa Murga and Peyton Houser-Keaton each getting three kills while Chloe Fraser had five.”



The JV girls were 25-21, 25-20 winners at Riverbank with Marina Franzia getting three aces, Lesley Cardenas had eight assists, Graice Airola with six kills and Madison Babasa had 18 digs.

Thursday, they fell to Enochs in three, 25-10, 16-25, 9-15. Emma Rangel had four aces, Franzia had six assists, Chloe Green recorded seven kills and Babasa put up 13 digs.



Starting off what turned out to be a program sweep in Riverbank, the freshmen won 25-16, 25-19. Selah Jansen had four aces, Samari Webster added seven assists. Emma Kneiss had three kills, Violet Da Silva had one solo block.

They also got a win over Enochs, 25-19, 25-21. Kneiss led in aces with four, Webster had a great game with 12 assists while Arianna Velasco tallied six kills. Haven MacKinnon had a solo block, Brynn Caton had 10 digs.