League Play is Well Underway in the Southwestern League
Chaparral stunned defending league champion Vista Murrieta beating them in 4 sets while Great Oak took care of Murrieta Mesa in three. Temecula Valley, ranked 13th in the most recent CIF Southern Section Division One Polls, won a fierce 5 set battle against Murrieta Valley.
The Pumas played their first league match of the year. Chaparral stayed red hot as they beat the defending league champions in four, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18.
For the Pumas, Brooklyn Frederick had her best match of the season tallying 18 kills and 14 digs. Alondra Almaraz had a career best 26 digs in the winning effort. Anna Johnson added 10 kills and 18 digs and Saige Rivera had 5 kills, 15 digs, and 34 assists.
“This win was a team effort that started in practice. The girls who didn’t see the court prepared the starters by helping them learn and execute the game plan” said Chaparral Coach Gale Johnson. “Without the bench this win doesn’t happen. I’m proud we have a group of selfless kids willing to work and put the team first regardless of their role. It makes a difference”.
“Vista Murrieta is a solid team with many talented players. We feel fortunate to get the “W.” It’s going to be an absolute battle next time we play them”.
Overall Chaparral’s record is 22-4 and they are 1-0 in league. The Broncos are 2-1 in league.
Murrieta Valley almost pulled off the upset of the week at Temecula Valley. The Nighthawks won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-11. Then the Golden Bears buckled down and won the next two 25-14 and 25-16. Temecula took the final set 15-5 and improved to 11-6 overall and 2-1 in league. MV is 8-2 overall and 1-0 in league.
Great Oak beat Murrieta Mesa in three tough sets. The Wolfpack swept the Rams 25-17, 28-26 and 25-19 to improve to 4-4 and 1-1 in league. The Rams are 15-7 overall and still looking for a victory n the Southwestern league.
Great Oak is at Murrieta Valley and Murrieta Mesa will face Chaparral this Thursday. Vista Murrieta is off to the Durango Fall Classic Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.
The Broncos play Great Oak on September 24. Temecula Valley’s next scheduled game is against Chaparral next Tuesday.
Vista Murrieta 25 22 23 19
Chaparral 16 25 25 25
Murrieta Valley 25 25 14 16 5
Temecula Valley 21 11 25 25 15
Murrieta Mesa 17 26 19
Great Oak 25 28 25
Southwestern League Standings
Vista Murrieta 2-1
Temecula Valley 2-1
Great Oak 1-1
Murrieta Valley 0-1
Murrieta Mesa 0-2
Photos by Lisa Sisco