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REEDLEY – The Selma High volleyball team was sailing along with an impressive record heading into its match on Thursday against Reedley, but got blown out of the water by the Pirates, 3-0.

The scores were 25-21, 25-12, 25-16.

“We were not there,” Selma junior right-side hitter Khori Cranford said. “Maybe we were too excited – too much adrenaline. We should have played way better than we did." 

Selma first-year coach Montana Lowe, dressed in Bear black and orange, was equally disappointed.

“We weren’t on our game,” she said. “We were asleep. We just weren’t ready to go fast tonight. But Reedley is a good team so it was probably a combination of the two.”

Selma was tied 21-21 in the first game until Reedley ripped off four consecutive points to win it, punctuated by a kill from Julie Scott. Reedley was taller and jumped better than the Bears and it showed throughout.

The Bears trailed 13-8 in the second set until Reedley scored four consecutive points to make it 17-8 en route to a blowout win. An array of violations and bad serves plagued Selma.

Selma (9-3) was in the third set at 10-10 after outside hitter Caitlyn Hansen hit one kill shot so hard she knocked over an opponent. But Reedley (13-6) won the next three points and never trailed after that on its way to a sweep.

Caylin Lopez had 13 assists for Selma; Hansen contributed 11 kills, four aces, 10 digs and two blocks; and Gurleen Brar chipped in with five blocks. 

Selma opened Central Sequoia League play on Monday, Sept. 25, at Exeter (too late for publication) and hosts Immanuel at 6 p.m. Thursday in another CSL match.  

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or

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