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October 26, 2021

Volleyball | Salinas Valley teams on track to make playoffs

SALINAS VALLEY — Three of the four South Monterey County volleyball teams still have a chance not only to make the playoffs, but also win their division, after another week of games.

King City Mustangs had a major turnaround, starting the season with 2-6, but now have a 4-2 record in league play. Since Sept. 19, the Lady Mustangs have won their last four matches.

In their last game against Soledad, the Lady Mustangs swept them in straight sets. Amit Hearne had four sets played, 16 assists and six aces; Lisa Villanueva had four sets played and 11 kills; and Gisela Contreras had four sets played; seven kills; 11 digs and seven aces.

King City currently sits in third place in the Pacific Coast Mission Division, and will play Santa Catalina and Notre Dame next.

Gonzales Spartans are just a couple of wins away from capturing the Pacific Coast Santa Lucia division. According to MBayPreps, the Lady Spartans have never won a volleyball title.

The Spartans continue to dominate, not dropping a match since September and moving to 5-0 in league play.

Last week they went on the road to Trinity Christian and beat them in straight sets. Some of the top Lady Spartans were Bryanna Perez with three sets played, two kills and three aces; and Julissa Aldaco, who played three sets with five kills and eight aces.

The Lady Spartans will travel to Rancho San Juan, who they beat on Sept. 9 in straight sets. Later on in the week, they will host North Monterey County, a team they also won against, three sets to one.

Greenfield Bruins seem to be a team of destiny, dominating the competition on their way to having the best season in the program’s history. The Lady Bruins have never won a league title in volleyball.

Since Sept. 9, the Lady Bruins rattled off eight straight wins in the Pacific Coast Arroyo Division, putting them three games ahead of the second-place team, Marina Mariners.

Greenfield showed up by sweeping Marina in straight sets. Lupita Nunez had 16 kills and five aces to help lead the Lady Bruins to the win.

But the test for Greenfield came earlier in the week, when Oakwood took them to five sets. Oakwood is the first school in league play to make the Lady Bruins play five sets.

Nunez had 25 kills, 19 digs, three blocks and one ace, and Linda Ornelas had 28 assists, three kills and 16 digs, which helped lead the Lady Bruins to a 3-2 win.

The defending champs, Soledad Aztecs continue to struggle in league play, dropping all seven league games. Last week they lost to Monterey in straight sets, Notre Dame in straight sets and King City three to one.

Soledad’s next two games will be against Monte Vista Christian and Gilroy.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.

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