After taking the court for a final tune-up scrimmage on Thursday against Pitman, the Escalon varsity volleyball team welcomed Enochs to the EHS gym on Friday night, Aug. 26 for their first preseason game.
It didn’t go quite the way the Lady Cougars hoped, as they fell to the visitors in three, 11-25, 15-25, 23-25.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Enochs, they are a very good team,” said head coach Teresa Williamson. “I just feel we did not play up to our potential.”
Leaders in the game for Escalon were Jaden Scott with seven kills and two blocks; Kaitlyn Herrera with five kills and an ace; Hannah Murphy with four blocks and two aces; Natalie Bianchi with eight digs; Brielle Arauza with 10 assists and two aces.
For the JV team, coach Krystal Rodriguez said she has five sophomores and pulled up five freshmen for the squad.
“We had our Pitman scrimmage on Thursday, where we learned what we still needed help on,” Rodriguez said. “Friday we hosted Enochs and remembered what we needed to work on from the day before and got the job done.”
She said the preseason is a good time for coaches to work with the line ups and get everyone a chance to play, to see where their strengths are and what needs work.
Escalon’s JV girls came away with a 2-1 win over Enochs, 25-21, 10-25, 15-12.
“This is a very strong team and I can feel they’re going to do great things. We have awesome servers and a dynamic defensive team,” said Rodriguez. “I’m extremely excited for the season.”
Escalon’s freshmen have been busy as well, with first year head coach Morgan Jensen leading the team. They have taken part in several scrimmages and have continued to make steady progress. With several freshmen brought up to the JV squad, the frosh was able to retain all its players and not make any cuts to the squad, giving all those that want to play the chance to get on the court this season.
Escalon will host an alumni game on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., with a cost of $5 to attend for adults, $3 for students. Come see some players from the past do battle in the new gym.