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Varsity Lady Cougars Off To Solid Volleyball Start
Lady Cougar Koren Rodriguez gets in position for the dig with libero Tess Cosby, behind, giving direction during Friday night action at home against Enochs. The host Escalon girls won in a marathon 3-2 match. Marg Jackson/The Times
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Posing with their second place plaque, the varsity volleyball girls came away from the Orestimba Dig-In Tournament with the second place showing, falling only to league rival Hilmar. Photo Contributed

Capturing a 3-0 win at home on Monday night, Aug. 26, the Escalon varsity volleyball girls topped Calaveras 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 to get a victory in the annual Foundation Game.

It was one of several wins over the past couple of weeks for the squad.

“We have had a great start to our season thus far,” said head coach Teresa Williamson. “We beat Enochs in five, and then finished second in the Orestimba Dig-In Tournament.”

Enochs came to town on Friday night, Aug. 23, with the host Lady Cougars having to battle their way to the 3-2 win. The back and forth contest saw Escalon prevail in a marathon 25-15, 16-25, 23-25, 25-10, 15-9 match.

Back on the court the next day, the girls traveled to play in the Orestimba tourney.

“We went 5-1, beating Mariposa, Kimball, Johansen, Hughson and West, with our only loss to Hilmar,” noted Williamson. “Tess Cosby and Mandy Murphy received All-Tourney honors. Everyone played and played well.”

Action this week will see the girls heading back on the road to play against Orestimba on Wednesday, Aug. 28 and then hosting Linden on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Williamson said she is excited to see the team coming together and learning to play as a cohesive unit.

“I have a lot of key returning players with new talent ready to fill those senior spots that I lost from last year’s team,” she said.



It was a 2-1 win over Enochs for Escalon’s junior varsity girls, as they got past the visitors in Friday night action, 25-22, 25-27, 15-8.

“We won in three when I know we could have been done in two,” admitted coach Krystal Rodriguez.

Despite having to go the distance against the visitors, the coach said there is plenty to look forward to this coming season.

“I’m really excited to coach and work with this team,” Rodriguez said. “They’re go getters, true hard workers, and all have a common goal, to beat their record last year. That’s the beautiful thing about this team, they’re always wanting to compete and get better. They have a lot of potential and some are already standing out on the court.”



The youngest of the Lady Cougar volleyball squads kicked off the Friday night action against Enochs and came away with a victory. They won it in three, but scores were not available at press time.