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Selma's: The Selma High

The Selma High volleyball team, pictured earlier this month against Kingsburg,  made a nice run, but fell short in the semis, losing 3-0 to California City. 

The Selma High girls volleyball team made a valiant post-season run, but saw its bid for a title fall short Thursday night. 

The Bears fell to host California City 3-0 in the Central Section Division V semifinals. The scores were 25-22, 25-22, 25-23. 

California City proceeded to defeat Sierra Pacific in Saturday's championship match at College of the Sequoias. 

Caitlyn Hansen led Selma with 11 kills and nine digs, Caylin Lopez had 16 assists, Genesis Rodriguez 13 digs and Clarissa Moreno six kills and 13 digs for the Bears.

"Cal City was a team of fighters," coach Montana Lowe said. "They have one girl potentially going D1, which gave them an advantage, but past her we were pretty evenly matched."

Selma finished the season with 14 wins, 17 losses.

"I am so proud of our girls and how far we made it this season," Lowe said. "We have a really tough league, considering Immanuel won D4 and Exeter winning D2. The girls never gave up regardless of the competition and I was not ready to say goodbye to this (group) of girls.

"We are only losing two starters, which means that we will be in good shape next year. Yes, losing Caylin and Caitlyn means there are some big shoes to fill, but I have confidence that we have players ready to step into those roles. I think we will be on our way to another great season next year." 

The Bears made the semis by defeating Fresno Christian 3-0 on Nov. 7. 

Selma came into the match seeded fifth in Division V and Fresno Christian No. 4. The Bears took a quick 10-point lead in the first set en route to a 25-22 win. It followed with a 28-26 victory in Set 2 and a 25-13 triumph in Set 3.

“We came into the game calm and in control,” Lowe said. “We had a few outlying issues — setter Caylin Lopez was sick; that could have caused us to lose focus, but we let all of that go and played our A game.

“We knew that we would need to lift each other up due to these issues, so you could see that the girls were ready to step up for each other and cover more ground. Caitlyn (Hansen) was on fire, and Caylin was connecting well with all of our hitters. Clarissa (Moreno) really stepped up and put in some valuable rotations for us. Gurleen (Brar) was a force in the middle and they couldn’t stop her. Genesis (Rodriguez) was covering a lot of court, and got her job done." 
Hansen led Selma against Fresno Christian with 21 kills and 12 digs. Also for the Bears, Brar had 11 kills and four aces; Moreno seven kills; Rodriguez 15 digs; and Lopez 34 assists.

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or

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