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Volleyball Girls Aiming For Strong Finish In League
Escalon’s Emily Vickers, 23, sends the ball back over the net in earlier action on the home court during Trans-Valley League play this season. Marg Jackson/The Times

Escalon’s varsity volleyball team swept past Modesto Christian but, on the flip side, got swept themselves by Hilmar.

The Trans-Valley League action this past week saw the girls on the road for both contests.

At Modesto Christian, they took a 25-16, 25-10, 25-4 win.

Hannah Boyd had 15 assists, two aces and five digs while Natalie Cortes added 11 assists, two aces and five digs. They got a solid night of work from Mandy Murphy, 13 kills, seven digs and one block, and libero Tess Coby contributed seven aces and 10 digs.

Against Hilmar, the varsity squad battled hard but couldn’t get past the pesky, talented and determined Yellowjackets. Final scores were 21-25, 19-25, 16-25.

Boyd had a 22 assist, nine dig night; Murphy had 11 kills, nine digs and two aces.

Emily Vickers had two aces and nine kills, Mya Beary notched three aces, Elise Gonzales had three blocks and Cosby added 15 digs.

Also on the schedule, the girls headed to the Stockton Classic on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“We went 3-1 and finished in third place,” said head coach Teresa Williamson.

They beat Bear River 25-21, 25-20 with 11 digs, four aces from Cosby, 25 assists from Boyd, six kills and four blocks from Melanie Smith, eight kills and four blocks from Murphy and six kills from Vickers.

Against Manteca High, the varsity Lady Cougars were 25-19, 25-22 winners. Boyd had 26 assists, Cosby had 12 digs and two aces, Smith had four aces, nine kills and two blocks. Murphy chipped in with eight kills, seven digs and one block; Vickers had six kills and three aces.

Kimball found a way to stop Escalon in a 2-1 finale, with scores of 17-25, 25-21, 14-16. In that match, Boyd had 24 assists, 13 digs and two aces; Cosby had 19 digs; Murphy added 14 kills, one block and five digs. Smith rounded out the effort with nine kills, two blocks and three digs.

The Lady Cougars closed out the tournament with their third win of the day, defeating San Mateo; statistics were not available at press time.

“The girls are playing great. They are in a groove and getting better and better every practice and game,” Williamson noted. “We have a big game on Wednesday (Oct. 16) against Ripon. It is going to be a battle that I hope we can conquer. I know these girls are mentally ready for it!”


Junior varsity and freshman information was not available by press time. Look for a wrap of their latest contests in next week’s issue.