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Cougar Volleyball Girls Sweep TVL Opponents
Settling herself before getting ready to send the serve over the net is Lady Cougar Kaitlyn Herrera, who notched seven aces in a win over Modesto Christian this week. Marg Jackson/The Times

With both matches this past week over quickly, Escalon’s varsity volleyball girls put two wins on the books in Trans-Valley League play.

They took on Mountain House on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and defeated the Lady Mustangs 25-20, 25-15, 25-10.

Jaden Scott had an all-around solid night with 10 kills and seven aces, while she and Jordin Jensen each added two blocks. Brielle Arauza had 21 assists in the contest and libero Natalie Bianchi had 15 digs.

“The girls are playing great. They really are coming together as a team,” said head coach Teresa Williamson. “I am very proud of each and every one of them.”

On the home court for their second match of the week, it was another 3-0 outcome, as the host Lady Cougars swept past visiting Modesto Christian on Thursday, Sept. 22.

A 25-12 win in game one gave way to a tougher game two, as MC made some adjustments. But Escalon still prevailed with a 25-22 win and finished off the match with a 25-14 win in the third set.

Leaders were Hannah Murphy with eight kills and three blocks; Scott with seven kills; Arauza with 19 assists and seven digs; Scott and Kaitlyn Herrera with seven aces apiece.

This week, the girls were slated to travel to Hughson on Tuesday, Sept. 27 after The Times went to press and will be home to host Hilmar on Thursday, Sept. 29. Ripon Christian then comes in to play on Tuesday, Oct. 4.



Escalon’s junior varsity girls topped Mountain House by a 2-1 final. They lost the opener, 18-25 before coming back to get the next two, 25-10, 17-15.

“I feel we went in thinking we weren’t going to have to work hard for a win,” admitted coach Krystal Rodriguez. “What we need to remember is its any girls game and the team fighting hardest comes out on top. We will be working on finishing the ball better this week in practice.”

The girls also saw plenty of action, getting in some games over the weekend at the Saturday JV Tournament in Stockton.



The Tuesday, Sept. 20 trip to Mountain House was a successful one for the youngest Lady Cougars as well. Scores were 25-15, 25-16 in favor of the Escalon freshman team.

“Melanie Smith led in kills with nine, Camryn Rodenburg led in aces with 13,” explained coach Morgan Jensen. “Melanie also led in digs with six, Natalie Cortes had 11 assists.”