SELMA - The Selma volleyball team lost its third straight game after being swept 3-0 on its home floor against Madera High on Aug. 28. The set scores were 25-16, 25-11, 25-18.
“I told them tonight [after the Madera game] that how they respond tomorrow will determine the rest of the season,” Selma head coach Montana Lowe said. “The attitude that they come in with is going to determine us going up….”
Two days later, Selma broke that three-game losing streak, sweeping Orange Cove at home to improve 3-3 this season.
As for the game against Madera, the Bears got down early in each set. In the first set, Selma got off to a slow start, going down 7-0 to the Madera Coyotes. The Bears would eventually cut the lead to single digits with the score at 20-13, but the Coyotes eventually closed it out.
In the second set, the Bears had another slow start being down 7-2 to Madera. It was an impressive set for the Coyotes, who had leads of 17-5 and 21-8, which was Madera’s largest lead of the game.
“We are such a better team,” Selma setter Mia Salinas said. “We could’ve played to such a higher standard, but today just wasn’t our game.”
The Bears wouldn’t go away that easy being down 2-0 heading into the third set. Madera went up 8-5, but Selma eventually tied the score at 11. The two teams were exchanging points back and forth, but after the Coyotes gained a 20-16 lead before finishing up the sweep.
“I think we need to count on each other and trust each other in order to get how we played in the third set,” Bears’ libero Genesis Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the opposing Coyotes did have a size and height advantage, but the team shouldn’t focus on those things moving forward.
“We need to start not caring on what their looks are about, and just go in with our mindset that we’re going to do good,” Rodriguez said.
As for the game against Orange Cove, Selma swept the Titans with set scores of 25-22, 25-16, 25-15.
With the victory against Orange Cove, Lowe said she hopes her team could go into Central Sequoia League play with a revamped attitude.
Last season, Selma went 1-9 in league play, but the girls are expecting better results this year.
“We set some pretty hefty goals in league,” Lowe said. “We definitely want to win more than one game, which we've done the past two years. So I’m hoping that seeing those familiar [CSL] faces motivates us to put balls down and do our job.”
This week, the Bears play CSL opponent Dinuba High on the road on Sept. 6. After, the girls will take a break from CSL play by competing at a tournament hosted by Madera South High School on Sept. 7-8.
CSL play will continue for Selma, when the Bears take on league-newcomer Hanford West at home on Sept. 10. Following that game, league matchups against Exeter on the road (Sept. 12) and Immanuel at home (Sept. 18) will take place.