SELMA – The Kingsburg High girls volleyball team, with three players pounding four or more kills, defeated rival Selma 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in a Central Sequoia League match.  The set scores were 25-15, 25-18, 25-20.

“I think we played really good,” said Kingsburg’s Jennah Torres who had four kills and 12 digs. “We had our ups and downs, but we played together. We were aggressive with our serves – that’s what our coach has been telling us to do.”

Besides Torres, Karen Rodriguez led Kingsburg with six kills to go along with six digs and Kaitlyn Freeman had four kills. Also for the Vikings, Kate Jackson and Karlee Hodges contributed 11 and nine digs, respectively.  

“Tonight it was just about seeing if we could come back from a really bad tournament and turn things around,” said Selma coach Montana Lowe, referring to the recent Hoover tournament.  “We really struggled with passing (in the tournament). Tonight we had good passing and not-so-good hitting.”

Denae DeLeon led Selma with eight kills, Caitlyn Hansen contributed five kills, Caylin Lopez chipped in with 12 assists and Genesis Rodriguez had 18 digs for the Bears.

Kingsburg led the first set 19-12 when Rodriguez got on a roll for the Vikings. She had kills on three of the next four Kingsburg points to boost the visitors’ lead to 23-13. Torres’ piercing kill eventually ended the set. 

Kingsburg led the second set 9-6 when a Kassidy Wilson ace sent the Vikings on an 8-3 run that put them firmly in control at 17-9. Selma crept to within 24-18 on a DeLeon kill, but Wilson’s kill gave Kingsburg the win.

Selma trailed 15-8 in the third set until rallying, pulling to within 15-13 on a Hansen ace. That prompted a Kingsburg time out.

Re-focused, Kingsburg out-scored Selma 5-1 to take a 20-14 lead and ended the match with a Freeman kill.  

The progress has been slow but steady this season for Selma, which went 11-16 overall last season and 1-9 in league.   

“I think we came out a little bit intimidated because they’re our rivals and we wanted to do well and there was a big crowd, but I think we got better every set and never gave up,” Lowe said.

The victory pushed Kingsburg (14-6 overall, 3-2 CSL) to over .500 in league play and kept Selma (11-12, 0-5) winless in league.   

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or jmurphy@hanfordsentinel.com.

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