What could have been a bit of déjà vu turned into an ah-ha moment for the Palm Springs High School volleyball team.
In the Indians’ second Desert Valley League match, Palm Springs remembered when La Quinta came into their gym and captured the victory.
It looked like more of the same when La Quinta took the first game 25-23, but that’s when everything clicked for the Indians. Palm Springs swept the next three games for the important victory.
Palm Springs improved to 2-0 in the DVL with a 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-14 triumph.
“It should have never taken that long,” said senior Olivia Mediano, who sparked the Indians in the final three sets to finish with 17 kills, an ace and five assists. “We just started pushing and in the next couple of games we played to our ability. We ended up with perfect passes and there were different players getting it done on defense.”
La Quinta (5-1) came out inspired in Game 1. Kaelyn Brock was solid and the Blackhawks got strong efforts from Jacqueline Millerd (five kills, three blocks), Briele Weimer (eight kills) and Ciara Reistad (nine kills) along the way. Kyrsti Photias and Kendyl Scott (10 digs) also stepped up on key points, but the Blackhawks couldn’t sustain their edge against a surging Indians defense.
“They started hitting from the end of the first game into the second,” said La Quinta coach Ronda Somarripa. “Then they started playing defense. We hung in there, but it wasn’t enough to get us over the edge.”
Palm Springs coach Gary Wilhoite was concerned after that first game due to a lackluster practice Monday. That carried over, then eventually everything started to fall Palm Springs’ way.
“We just had to push as many points as possible,” he said. “We knew La Quinta could come out with energy. They played like we thought they would. We had to turn it around.”
The Indians did just that with Meagan Anderson (seven kills), Michaela Hissam (five kills, three aces), and Hannah Wright (four blocks) rolling up big points.
Ashtyn Lyneis and Mary Lake (15 assists, 13 digs) also stood out down the stretch.
Indians’ sophomore Asia O’Neil was the catalyst in the final game, putting down big points in key moments to finish with five kills, one block and 11 digs.