Roundup: La Quinta volleyball tops Indians; Aztecs up next

Roundup: La Quinta volleyball tops Indians; PD up next

The La Quinta Blackhawks, part of the four-headed battle for the top spot in the Desert Valley Volleyball race, held up their end of the bargain with a sweep of Palm Springs on Tuesday night.

La Quinta's Jolie Samuelson spikes the ball as Camryne Sommaripa looks on during their match against Palm Springs High in Palm Springs on Tuesday.

La Quinta’s Jolie Samuelson spikes the ball as Camryne Sommaripa looks on during their match against Palm Springs High in Palm Springs on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks won 25-22, 25-19, 25-14.

Jolie Samuelson paced the Blackhawks with 15 kills and 21 digs. Baylie Dashner added 14 kills and Lexi Christmas set the table with 30 assists and added 11 digs. Camryne Sommaripa had seven kills and five digs.

In the loss, the Indians were led by Hannah Wright with 11 kills, 12 digs and a block. Talya Mangoine had six kills and a block.

La Quinta now joins Palm Desert and Shadow Hills with a 5-1 record atop the DVL standings. The Blackhawks host Palm Desert in a big one on Thursday. The Blackhawks upended the defending champion Aztecs at Palm Desert the first time around in a 3-2 classic.

Palm Desert 3, Indio 0: The Aztecs rolled past Indio 25-4, 25-10, 25-15. Danielle Boss was busy with 10 kills, 12 assists, seven digs and one ace. Taylor Harvey added 11 kills and a block and Tara Sauerbrey had seven kills and two digs. Sonora Walton added 15 assists and three digs.

The Aztecs (21-9, 5-1 DVL) play at La Quinta on Thursday.

Desert Christian Academy 3, Redlands Adventist 1: The Conquerors collected a 22-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25-13 victory. Cami Frahmann led the team with nine aces and 18 digs, while Keelan Rainone had  six kills and Grace Johnson added two blocks.

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Water polo

La Quinta 23, Palm Springs 3: A balanced attack lifted the Blackhawks to a convincing DVL win.

Brayden Smith led the way with seven goals. Billy Catton had five goals and Jeremy Baker, Jacob Spurgin and Spencer Lowell all had three goals. Will Alwine scored twice.

La Quinta (11-4, 3-0 DVL) plays an important league title on Thursday at fellow league unbeaten Palm Desert.

Xavier Prep 19, Shadow Hills 5: The Saints rumbled past the Knights behind six goals from Troy Boydstun. Ryan Oleson and Kole Dempster each added three goals, while Kyle Cenicola, Brandon Castillo and Ryan Van Meeteren each scored twice. Jackson Castillo had one goal, and goalie Justin Wickstrand had nine saves.


La Quinta 11, Shadow Hills 7: The Blackhawks picked up a narrow league win over the Knights.

Picking up wins for Shadow Hills were Olivia Kelsey (6-3, 6-3) and Natalia Arce (6-4, 6-0) in singles, and the doubles teams of Viviana Suarez-Lotus Foster (7-5), Mariah Romero-Kierstin Stowell (6-1) and Gigi Torres-Vanessa Bautista (7-6).

Shadow Hills hosts Indio at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Xavier Prep 11, Palm Springs 7: The Saints edged the Indians for a DVL victory. The doubles teams of Fernanda Gonzales-Marni McDowell (6-1, 6-0, 6-2) and Caroline Stack and Julia Way (6-2, 6-0, 6-0). Tiani Jadulang (6-3, 6-0) and Bryana Quintana (6-1, 6-0) won in singles and Sophia Caridi and Gillian Berg won a set 6-1.

For the Indians, Shekinah Daffon won three sets 6-0, 6-4, 6-0 and Emunah Daffon (6-1) and Hannah Johnson (6-0) each added a point. In doubles, Kailee Kennedy-Ericka Aldana (6-1) and Dara Shay-Sophie Fragen (7-5) picked up victories.

Xavier Prep plays at Palm Desert on Thursday. Palm Springs (4-3) plays at Redlands on Monday.

Palm Desert 18, Cathedral City 0: The Aztecs were able to use a lot of different players in this victory. Maeli Martin swept her three singles matches (6-0, 6-0, 6-0) and other singles winners for the Aztecs were Carson Miller (6-1, 6-0), Lara Aumann (6-4, 6-1), Kylee Shannon (6-0) and Sheyla Ramos (6-2).

Doubles winners for the Aztecs included Maira Ahmad and Grace Nellis (6-0, 6-0), Tenaya Moranda-Claudia Stepien (6-0), Annie McCarthy-Andrea Aguilar (6-0), Sophie Gengler-Maddy Woodforde (6-0), Elyse Woodforde-Cortney Coffin (6-3), Cami Beaty-Andrea Soto (6-4), Ashlyn Hazelton-Kaitlyn Garrison (6-0) and Carolina Alvarez- Graci Novak (6-0).

Indio 14, Desert Mirage 4: The Rajahs topped the Rams in a non-league match.

In the losing effort, the Rams picked up a win by the doubles team of Edith Mandujano and Melanie Manriquez. The Rams play Yucca Valley on Wednesday.


Xavier Prep 222, La Quinta 247: Xavier Prep, sparked by match medalist Vera Markevich with a 36, topped the Blackhawks on the Valley Course at Desert Springs Marriott, the same course the DVL individuals will be played later this season. Senior Elle Otten posted a 39, and she was followed by Zoe Walker (45), Eden Monica (49) and Julia Crockett (53).

La Quinta was led by Avalon Woodward with a 41 and Mariah Moon with a 42. Mykenzie Moyle added a 52 and Jourdan Flynn and Laila Khan each had a 56.

Cross country

Palm Valley in league meet: The Firebirds were led by Oliver Kaufmann who finished in fifth place in the Warrior League meet with a time of 18 minutes, 57.4 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. Zach Jenkins was next for the Firebirds in 22:51.5, four minutes faster than his previous meet.

In the girls’ race, Chloe Sweeney finished in fifth place with a time of 23:23.3.

COD soccer

COD 2, Palomar 0: A first-half goal by Cynthia Hernandez and early second-half goal by Vanessa Caudillo on an assist from Madison Decker lifted the Roadrunners to victory. Britney Vargas had eight saves and the defense helped COD get a second shutout on the year.

COD (3-6-1, 2-3) plays at South Division leader San Diego Mesa.

La Quinta's Jolie Samuelson, center, celebrates during the game against Palm Springs High in Palm Springs on Tuesday.

La Quinta’s Jolie Samuelson, center, celebrates during the game against Palm Springs High in Palm Springs on Tuesday.