By RONALD MILLER AND ETHAN DEWRI
Jacquelyn Barrett, opposite hitter, thrashes the ball towards Yucaipa and earns a point. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
Chants across both sections of the bleachers were ear-splitting as the two teams clashed to defeat each other. Citrus Valley girls’ volleyball hosted their first home league game against Yucaipa High School on Sept. 16, 2019.
Abigail Lium, outside hitter, and Emily Tuttle-Kamon, setter, high five each other after scoring a point. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
In the intense match, Citrus Valley won the first two rounds. The score was 25-11 for the first set; 25-15 for the next. “We started off really strong during the first two sets and were driven by the crazy crowds cheering in the bleachers,” said Kassidy Layon, defensive specialist for Citrus Valley.
Jacquelyn Barrett and Evadney Brooks, middle hitter, blocks a hit from Yucaipa. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
Abigail Lium, Leilani Battle (middle hitter) and Jacquelyn Barret prepare to block a hit from Yucaipa. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
Jacquelyn Barrett serves to the Thunderbirds. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
The next two sets, Yucaipa was victorious. The two sets “were small setbacks and mentally we had to stand our ground and not let the loss get to our heads,” said Layon.
Yucaipa hitter launches a perfect hit to Citrus Valley. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
Emily Tuttle-Kamon leaps to stop Yucaipa from scoring a point. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
Despite Yucaipa’s recovery, Citrus Valley’s determination led them to success in the final set, earning the win for CV. “We pulled all our energy together and hyped ourselves up for the last set because we knew that we were going to give Yucaipa a run for their money. We were proud to have walked off the court with a win,” said Layon.
Kate Ledesma, defensive specialist, serves to the Thunderbirds. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)
Blackhawks join together, ecstatic after victory over a set. (Ronald Miller / Ethic Photo)