The Golden Bears Power Past Foothill in 5 Sets to Advance to the State Championship against Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd Friday
Temecula Valley powered past Foothill in the fifth set to win the CIF State Division 1 Regional Championship Tuesday. The Golden Bears will now advance to the State Championship match to be played Friday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange against Bishop O’Dowd from Oakland.
Temecula jumped out to a two set lead, edging the Knights 25-23 in the first set and 26-24 in the second. Foothill erased the two-set deficit bu taking the third and fourth sets 21-25, 13-25 to set up the tiebreaker.
With the season in the line, the Golden Bears pulled off the biggest victory so far in the 2018 season by beating the Knights 17-15 in the final set.
The Golden Bears were led by seniors Jordyn Amoy, Jasmine West and freshman Emma Rhodes. Amoy orchestrated the Bears offensive attack and had 45 assists and led the tea, with 19 digs in the contest. West added 15 digs and Rhodes had 11 kills to pace Temecula.
“Defense wins games, and we needed to play our best defense today,” said West. As for offense, seniors Carly Shreenan, Mackenzie Krauss Stewart and junior Hailey Hinkel each registered 10 kills apiece in the victory. Junior Callie Dubots came up with key serves for the Golden Bears.
Gracie Cannon had 15 kills to lead the Knights. Kelsey Rasmussen and Rachel Fairbanks had 10 kills each while Grace Chillingworth and Eliza Cannon had nine kills for Foothill.
The Dragons are 34-6 and were the undefeated West Alameda County league Champions before winning the NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls Volleyball Championship. They beat San Jose’s Archbishop Mitty in 4 sets to win the Northern California Regional Champ 25-24. 25-23 ,16-25, 25-17 Tuesday.
Temecula will attempt to become the first team from Riverside County to win the CIF State Championship. Linfield Christian went to the final game in 1982, Indio in 1983, King was there in 2013 and most recently, Santiago played in the State Final in 2014.
Foothill 23 24 25 25 15 2
Temecula Valley 25 26 21 14 17 3
Photos by Donna Amoy