Roundup: Palm Desert volleyball stays course with win

The Palm Desert volleyball team earned a hard-fought sweep of Xavier Prep pulling out two tough games to start and stay in a tie for first in the Desert Valley League.

Palm Desert's Tara Sauerbrey, center, and her teammates celebrate during their win over Xavier Prep in Palm Desert on Thursday.

Palm Desert’s Tara Sauerbrey, center, and her teammates celebrate during their win over Xavier Prep in Palm Desert on Thursday.

The Aztecs won 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 to improve to 24-9 overall and 8-1 in league play.

Taylor Harvey paced Palm Desert with nine kills, five blocks and two digs. Danielle Boss added nine kills, 13 assists and 16 digs. Serna Stockton had 19 digs, Maggie Welsh had 12 digs and Kacey Johnson had 13 digs to lead the defensive effort. Hanka Eichelberger had five kills and two blocks, Sonora Walton had 17 assists and Seline Schinke had four kills, three blocks and two digs.

Shadow Hills 3, Indio 0: The Knights had no trouble with the Rajahs, nabbing a 25-2, 25-11, 25-12 victory. Anissa Hernandez had 16 kills and five digs for the Knights, and Trinity Castaneda had 16 kills. Bailey Dean and Golden Hinchen each had three aces. Judy Figueroa racked up 25 assists and Aviana Ortiz had 15 digs for the Knights who improved to 8-1 in league play.

Palm Springs 3, Cathedral City 0: On a night when all of the money earned from a $1 admission went to a fund to support the slain Palm Springs officers, the Indians greeted the crowd with a 15-13, 25-8, 25-14 win.

For the Indians, Hannah Wright had 14 kills and four aces. Linden Conrad added seven kills, four aces and three blocks, while Maricela Wright add five kills and 20 assists.

For the Lions, Nina Flores had five kills and a block.


Palm Desert 13, Shadow Hills 5: The Aztecs controlled the match winning six singles sets and seven doubles. Kylee SHannon and Tenaya Moranda each won twice 6-0, 6-0. Saige Collins won a pair of sets 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, the team of Annie McCarthy and Maeli Martin (6-0, 6-0), Andrea Aguilar and Maddy Woodforde (6-3, 6-0) and Carson Miller and Cortney Coffin (6-0, 6-1) all won twice. Sheyla Ramos and Elyse Woodforde won one set 6-1.

Next up for the Aztecs (10-3) is at home Tuesday against Palm Springs.

Palm Springs 16, Indio 2: This one was all Indians who swept the singles play losing just one game. Hannah Johnson and Emunah Daffon each won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 and Shekinah Daffon won 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, it was Dara Shay and Sophie Fragen (6-0, 6-1), Kailee Kennedy and Ericka Aldana (6-0, 6-1), Annaya Zubic and Melina Solis (6-2, 6-4) and Vanessa Rodriguez and Melisa Agreson (6-4) each picked up wins.

Palm Springs (6-3) hosts Cathedral City on Friday.

La Quinta 16, Cathedral City 2: The Blackhawks won all nine doubles points in a DVL win. The teams of Sofia Fernandez and Mlen Azurin and Mia Kljako and Alexa Carter both swept to 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 wins. Abby Allmon and Madison Burns teamed to win 6-1, 6-0, 7-6. In singles, it was Natalie Alvarez rolling to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win and Clair Jones winning 6-3, 7-5, 6-0. Triniti Marhafer added a 6-4 win.

Rancho Mirage  17,  Big Bear  1: With all members of the team contributing, the Rattlers were led by Tatiana Harvey, Kyla Eaton, Zoe Kolytiris, Eva Descalzo and Izzy Meza with singles wins.  In doubles, the teams of Antonella Mazzotti-Melanie Ramos, Alondra Ponce-Karla Munoz, Tia Kolytiris-Eve Kolytiris, Janelle Vidal-Emily Garcia, and Perla Renteria-Laronjanae Curtis all posted victories.  Rancho Mirage improved to 14-0 on the season.

Water Polo

Xavier Prep 24, Palm Springs 8: The Aztecs nabbed a DVL victory behind eight goals from Troy Boydstun. Ryan Oleson, Kole Dempster and Tiernan Kelly each had three goals, while Kyle Cenicola, Jackson Castillo and Brandon Sontz all scored twice. Ryan Van Meeteren added one goal.

Palm Desert 24, Shadow Hills 13: Goals were coming fast and furious in this one as the Aztecs pulled away to stay in contention for a DVL title. Ryan Sawyer notched 10 goals for the Aztecs and Drew Jessup added six.

In the loss, the Knights were led by Justin Carbajal with five goals, Shane Reynolds with three and Tristian Leon with two.

Girls’ golf

Palm Desert 218, Indio 338: The Aztecs completed another perfect run through DVL play with a win over the Rajahs. With the 12-0 league record the Aztecs qualify for the CIF-SS Division Team Championships at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino Hills on Oct. 31.

On Thursday, it was Lily as the match medalist with a score of 39. She was followed on the Aztecs by Madison Walker (43), Madison Vance (44), Dana Condon (45) and Madison Rincon (47).

Indio was led by Leslie Rubio (64). She was followed by Alex Duran (67), Lannette Villalino (67), Jessica Vargas (70) and Miranda Moya (70).

The DVL Individual meet starts Tuesday at the Marriott Desert Springs on the Valley Golf Course and ends Thursday.

Xavier Prep 231, La Quinta 248: The Saints were led by Elle Otten’s 3-under-par 34 at the Indian Wells Golf Resort and a 46 from Zoe Walker and a 47 for Julia Crockett.

La Quinta was led by an even-par 37 from Avalon Woodward, while Mariah Moon (42) and Mykenzie Moyle (49) also contributed. La Quinta finishes the season 9-7 overall (6-4 in DVL)


Price 50, Palm Valley 26: The Firebirds fell to the Los Angeles-baed team despite a big night from Michael Ma. Ma had 180 yards and two touchdowns rushing and had a 50-yard touchown reception on a pass by Gavin Li. The Firebirds trailed just 30-26 late in the game, but an interception ended the Firebirds rally.

DVL Volleyball Standings

Palm Desert 8-1

Shadow Hills 8-1

La Quinta 5-3

Xavier Prep 4-4

Palm Springs 3-5

Cathedral City 1-7

Indio 0-8

Palm Desert's Seline Schinke, left, blocks the ball during the match against Xavier Prep in Palm Desert on Thursday.

Palm Desert’s Seline Schinke, left, blocks the ball during the match against Xavier Prep in Palm Desert on Thursday.