The King City High girls volleyball team defeated visiting Santa Catalina in five tense games Thursday night in a battle of two of the three teams tied for first place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.
King City prevailed 25-14, 20-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-11.
King City improved to 7-1 in the MTAL, while Santa Catalina dropped to 6-2.
The Mustangs’ Zeni Silva had 17 kills, Marlene Morales had 30 digs, Allison Hughes had 12 kills, and setter Samantha Howard had 31 assists.
King City travels to rival Gonzales on Tuesday.
* Salinas 3, Hollister 1: At Hollister, the Cowboys overcame a first-game loss and defeated the Haybalers 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-20.
With the win, Salinas extended its league unbeaten streak to 36 in a row, and it improved to 7-0 in the MBL Gabilan Division.
Salinas nearly overcame a first-game hole, closing a 22-18 deficit to get to within 24-23. But Hollister closed out the first game. Salinas then won the next three to finish off the Haybalers.
Alexis Froistad had 22 kills and five blocks for Salinas, and setter Erin Reineking had 47 assists and two service aces.
Salinas plays host to North Salinas on Tuesday.
Notre Dame 3, Seaside 0: At Seaside, the Spirits quickly defeated the Spartans 25-11, 25-10, 25-8.
Jen Lane and Chase Hagenbuch each had six kills and one block, and setter Erin DeSerpa tallied 22 assists and four service aces.
Seaside’s Anela Visesio had 11 kills and two blocks.
Notre Dame improved to 7-1 in MBL Gabilan Division play. It returns to action in a week against North Salinas at home. Seaside travels to Watsonville on Tuesday.
Alvarez 3, Monterey 1: At Alvarez, the Eagles stayed in second in the MBL Pacific Division, winning 25-21, 25-13, 23-25, 25-21.
The win boosted Alvarez to 13-15 overall, 5-2 in the division.
Carina Welch had 11 kills and 15 digs, Stephanie Mora put up eight kills, and Geneve Hernandez had 34 assists and three service aces.
Alvarez plays at Gilroy on Tuesday.
Gonzales 3, Soledad 1: At Gonzales, the Spartans defeated the Aztecs in Mission Trail Athletic League play 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, and 25-18.
For Gonzales, Ruby Perez had nine kills, nine blocks and 22 digs; Deja McCrimmon tallied 10 kills, six blocks and Norma Verduzco posted nine kills, two blocks. The Spartans (12-3, 5-3) on Tuesday host King City.
Trinity Christian 3, Marina 0: At Marina, the Warriors remained unbeaten in the Coastal Athletic League with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 win over the Mariners.
Amanda Chisholm had 13 service aces, and Janelle Companion tallied eight kills and 20 assists for the Warriors, who improved to 7-0 in league play.
Monte Vista Christian 3, North Monterey County 0: At Monte Vista Christian, the Mustangs ended North Monterey County’s win streak at two with a 25-15, 25-9, 25-11 decision.
The match was a stark contrast from the teams’ first meeting, which Monte Vista Christian won in five games.
Monte Vista Christian improved to 6-1 in the MBL Pacific Division. The loss dropped North Monterey County to 2-5 in the division.
North Monterey County next plays host to Pajaro Valley on Tuesday.
Christopher 3, North Salinas 0: At North Salinas, the Vikings were unable to win a second consecutive match, losing 25-18, 25-16, 25-14.
Alyssa Springs and Kaitlin Shipman had four kills each for North Salinas, which plays at Salinas on Tuesday.
Boys water polo
Palma 9, SLV 4: At Hartnell College, the Chieftains broke the match open with a five-goal second quarter to go to 14-4 overall, 10-1 in league.
Blake Martella and Andrew Wooler had three goals each, Sam Given two and Parker Fisher one.
Chad Stevens had eight saves in goal.
Salinas 11 Santa Cruz 9: At Santa Cruz, the Cowboys used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Cardinals to go to 12-5 overall, 8-2 in league.
Salinas railed 8-6 after three quarters but outscored Santa Cruz 5-1 in the last quarter.
Jackson Thomsen had three goals for the Cowboys; Nic Clark, Nat Hunsdorfer and Paul Kim had two goals while Coleman Stewart and Joel Vargas had one. Zach Way made 10 saves.
Girls water polo
Salinas 14, Scotts Valley 1: At Hartnell, the Cowboys remained unbeaten in the MBL Pacific Division and put themselves on the brink of a division title.
It’s the third time this season Salinas has allowed just one goal to an opponent.
Sydney Clark was 5-for-5 in shot attempts and had five goals for the Cowboys. Lindsay Trayford scored four goals, Emily Rindermann and Jordann White each scored two goals, and Jennifer Griffin scored one goal.
It’s the third game in a row Salinas has finished with a double-digit goal total.
With one more win, Salinas will win at least a share of the division championship. Its first chance will be Tuesday against second-place Monterey at Santa Catalina.
Monterey 10, Stevenson 5: At Stevenson, the Toreadores prepped for next week’s showdown with Salinas by beating the Pirates from Pebble Beach.
The win boosted Monterey to 9-1 in the MBL Pacific Division.
Amanda Hall led Monterey with four goals and three steals. Shannon Cry and Colleen Mayone each had three goals. Marina Panzetta had an assist.
Jensen Main and Becca Corner each scored twice for Stevenson, while Emma Morgan scored a goal.
Notre Dame 4, North Salinas 3: At Notre Dame, the Spirits won all three doubles contests in getting the win over North Salinas.
Kate Chilton prevailed in singles play for Notre Dame.
The Spirits play host to Pajaro Valley on Tuesday.
Pajaro Valley 5, Monte Vista Christian 2: At Pajaro Valley, the Grizzlies won three of the four singles contests in getting the win over Monte Vista Christian.
The lone singles match to go to a third set was the No. 2 contest, where Monte Vista Christian’s Katie Riordan defeated Christina Rodriguez.
Singles: Guillen (PV) def. G. Tao (MVC) 6-4, 6-0; Riordan (MVC) def. C. Rodriguez (PV) 6-2, 5-7, 10-6; Vela De Luna (PV) def. Pahl (MVC) 6-4, 6-4; Palma (PV) def. L. Tao (MVC) 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles: Ocampo/Rodriguez (PV) def. Xu/Tan (MVC) 6-1, 6-4; Chan/Sun (MVC) def. Ramos/Bellonzi (PV) 6-3, 7-6 (5); Molina/Serna (PV) def. Rayes/Li (MVC) 6-3, 6-3.
Santa Catalina 7, Gonzales 0: At Santa Catalina, the Cougars picked up the shutout over the Spartans.
Jayme Chandler, Isabelle Redfield, Kaylaa Kawasaki and Paulina Mastretta all won in singles play for Santa Catalina.
Singles: Chandler (SC) def. Terjilla (G) 6-0, 6-1; Redfield (SC) def. Zarate (G) 6-0, 6-1; Kawasaki (SC) def. Andrade (G) 7-6, 6-1; Mastretta (SC) def. Jimenez (G) 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles: Shoemaker/Russell (SC) def. Urena/Patino (G) 6-0, 6-0; Fung/T. Zhu (SC) def. Lujan/Oliva (G) 6-0, 6-2; Lin/M. Zhu (SC) def. Valdez/De Anzo (G) 6-1, 6-3.
Hartnell 6, Mission 0: At Hartnell, the Panthers picked up a shutout and moved closer to .500 overall.
Hartnell’s Celina Murillo scored twice. Stephanie Gonzalez, Mariah Case, Karley Leon and Andreaanna Sharrah all scored one goal each. Gonzalez and Angie Salinas had one assist each, and Celina Medina compiled three assists.
Edith Escamilla picked up the shutout as goalkeeper.
Hartnell (6-7-1) travels to Skyline on Tuesday.