Photos: Blackhawks defeat Wildcats in Citrus Belt League volleyball match

By MIA ARANDA

Citrus Valley High School beat Redlands East Valley High School in varsity girls volleyball with a score of 3-0 at the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. Citrus Valley and REV both went into the match having lost their first Citrus Belt League match on Sept. 13; Citrus Valley had lost 0-3 against Cajon and REV had lost 0-3 against Beaumont. 

REV’s team is led by head coach Mckenna Fink; this is Fink’s first year of being head coach. Fink was a four-year varsity volleyball player at Citrus Valley under coach Tina Raddish and graduated in 2017. Mike Fink serves as the assistant coach. 

Citrus Valley’s team is coached by April Finazzo; this is Finazzo’s first year as head coach following Raddish. Ciara Claus serves as the assistant coach.

Citrus Valley High School senior Hope Ihem deflects the volleyball following an attack hit from the Redlands East Valley High School team during the first set in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. Ihem serves as a middle blocker on her team. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Citrus Valley High School junior Giselle Coley performs a bump hit to steer the volleyball closer to the attack line during the first set against Redlands East Valley High School in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. Citrus Valley won the first set by five points. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Redlands East Valley High School junior Christina Muller spikes the volleyball scoring a point for her team during the second set against Citrus Valley High School in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. Muller generally serves as a setter. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Redlands East Valley High School sophomore Zaryah Bernard drops to her knees to respond to an attack hit from Citrus Valley during the second set in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. This is Bernard’s first year as a part of REV’s girls varsity team. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Citrus Valley High School junior Giselle Coley (right) celebrates with her teammates after winning a rally against Redlands East Valley High School during the third set in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. Citrus Valley later experiences a winning streak as they go from 17 to 24 points while REV stays at 17 points. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Citrus Valley High School junior Kailani Caloca bumps the volleyball during the third set against Redlands East Valley High School in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. The rally ended in a point for Citrus Valley as a result of REV hitting the volleyball out of bounds. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Redlands East Valley High School junior Aparna Mannickarottu (right) helps her teammate respond to a hit from Citrus Valley High School during the third set on Sept. 15 in the REV gymnasium. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)
Redlands East Valley High School sophomore Zaryah Bernard, an outside hitter, bumps the volleyball in attempts to steer it away from the boundary lines during the third set against Citrus Valley High School in the REV gymnasium on Sept. 15. This rally was the last time REV earned a point in this set, eventually resulting in Citrus Valley winning the set with a score of 25 to 18. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

Citrus Valley’s win against REV has currently put them in fourth place in CBL.

“I think my team’s biggest strength is that when we’re able to work together seamlessly, we are a very powerful team,” said Citrus Valley High School senior Savannah Toailoa, a three-year varsity player. “We have great passers, great setters and great hitters. When we work together, it’s amazing.”

Citrus Valley’s next match is against Yucaipa High School at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Citrus Valley gymnasium. 

REV is now ranked last in CBL out of the six schools in the conference.

“I would say that our greatest strength is our bond that we have all together; we are able to help each other grow as players and friends,” said REV sophomore Zaryah Bernard.

REV’s next match is against Redlands High School at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the RHS gymnasium.

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