The Alvarez High girls volleyball team has pulled itself back to level for the 2013 season. With at least three matches to go, the Eagles have a chance to do more.
In front of a loud Alisal gym Monday night, Alvarez defeated its rival 25-14, 25-21, 25-10.
With the win, Alvarez improved to 7-2 in the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division and 15-15 overall. This is the first time all season Alvarez has been at .500 overall, and the first time in school history the team has been at least .500 after 30 matches.
“It’s really exciting but we’re taking it one game at a time,” said Alvarez’s Carina Welch, who had nine kills and six digs. “We’re focusing on our next game.”
Welch who had kills in each of the three games, said she and the rest of the team believed they could turn the season around after a 1-8 start.
“I knew we had the potential, but it was about meshing together,” Welch said.
To get its 14th win in its last 21 matches, the Eagles grabbed leads early against Alisal and then rode the momentum.
There were only five ties in all of the three sets combined. Four came early in the second game. At 5-5, Alvarez went on a three-point spurt led by a kill from Stephanie Mora and a service ace from Crissy Almorade to go ahead 8-5. From there, Alvarez played keepaway with the lead.
The Eagles led by as many as eight, but Alisal’s defense came to life. Blocks by Janette Vega left the Alvarez players scrambling. Suddenly, the Trojans were within 23-21 thanks to a block by Vega and a kill from Stephanie Gonzalez, and they had the momentum.
Alvarez responded with a tip from Celeste Valdez to get to set point. Vanessa Green then fired in a service ace to give the Eagles the second-set victory.
Alvarez used a five-point run led by a kill from Mora and back-to-back service aces from Abrielle Goodwein to go up 10-3. The visitors had two other five-point spurts in the third set, one that ended it and the match.
Almorade had 23 digs and three service aces and Mora had six kills and two digs.
For Alisal, Genesis Politron had five kills, and Cynthia Huerta had nine kills.
Alvarez faces North Monterey County on Wednesday with a chance to get over .500 overall for the first time this season. Alisal returns to action Wednesday at home against Monterey.
Notre Dame 3, Watsonville 0: At Notre Dame, the Spirits swept the visiting Wildcatz 25-15, 25-14, 25-10.
Notre Dame improved to 7-2 in the MBL Gabilan Division with the victory.
Emily Cunanan had 17 kills and six service aces, and setter Erin DeSerpa tallied 25 assists and seven digs.
Notre Dame next plays at Christopher on Wednesday.
Hollister 3, North Salinas 1: At Hollister, the Vikings were even with the Haybalers after two sets, but the visitors won the final two to win the match 25-10, 17-25, 25-21, 25-9.
Hollister kept pace with Notre Dame and Salinas, improving to 7-3 in the MBL Gabilan Division and 19-10 overall.
For North Salinas, Esme Nava had four kills, Kaitlin Shipman had five services aces and Kaitlyn Siaz had five kills.
North Salinas travels to Watsonville on Wednesday.
Christopher 3, Seaside 0: At Christopher, the Cougars downed visiting Seaside 25-15, 25-23, 25-12.
The loss dropped Seaside to 3-6 in the MBL Gabilan Division.
Anela Visesio had eight kills for the Spartans, which return to action Wednesday at home against Salinas.
Monte Vista Christian 3, Pajaro Valley 0: At Monte Vista Christian, the Mustangs stayed at the top of the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division with a 25-16, 26-15, 25-19 win over the Grizzlies.
With the win, the Mustangs improved to 8-1 in the division. Pajaro Valley fell to 3-7.
Monte Vista Christian will have a week off before its showdown with Alvarez.
North Salinas 1, Christopher 0: At Gilroy, the Vikings posted yet another shutout, blanking the host Cougars.
Ashley Longoria scored the only goal of the game.
The Central Coast Section championship meet is scheduled for this morning at Rancho Cañada Golf Club’s East Course in Carmel.
In addition to the Santa Catalina girls golf team competing, Pacific Grove’s Lauren Molin will be on the course. Molin, who finished third in the Monterey Bay League championship meet, is the only other county participant in the tournament.
Harbor’s Alisa Jin and Monte Vista Christian’s Jessica Fore are the lone Santa Cruz County golfers in the tournament.
Here are the local players scheduled to compete: Alisa Jin, Harbor (8 a.m.), Lauren Molin, Pacific Grove (8 a.m.), Jessica Fore, Monte Vista Christian (8 a.m. on the 10th tee), Chloe Corriveau, Santa Catalina (8:40 a.m.), Kiley Gibbs, Santa Catalina (8:48 a.m.), Alison Mody, Santa Catalina (8:56 a.m.), Agnes Ames, Santa Catalina (9:12 a.m.), Sophi Li, Santa Catalina (9:20 a.m.), Isabelle Ting, Santa Catalina (9:36 a.m.).