Article submitted by Stephanie Bennett; Photos by Valerie Rodriguez
Linfield Volleyball hosted the Ontario Christian Knights on Oct. 3 in what looked to be a competitive match up. Ontario started off
strong with some big swings, as the Lions struggled to cover the floor
defensively. Winning the first two games 25-22 and 25-20, the Knights
were about to start heading for the bus until the Lions came our roaring
in Game 3. Senior Vanessa Rodriguez served three aces in a row, turning
the game around, giving Linfield a one-point
advantage. Combining junior Taylor Aguayo's 4 kills with senior Megan
Wilson's 6 digs the Lions rallied to win Game 3, 25-22.
Game 4 was a point-for-point battle
as both teams had missed serves early on and refused to let the ball
drop on their side of the court. This all-out effort was easily seen by
junior setter, Mandy Leigh; who finished with a game high 21 assists and
16 digs. On one play, Leigh dug the ball into the net, freshman middle
Tyler Kamashian kept the ball from falling to the wood, and freshman
opposite Annie Whitson used her platform to swing the ball up, with just
enough momentum for it to crawl over the net and land in Knight
territory, forcing the crowd to their feet!
The Lions battled for every point
like it was their last, tallying up 3 blocks alone in Game 4. However,
heading back on the court after a time-out called by Linfield Coach Ryan McKenzie at 22-23, the Knights scored off two ace serves to end the match.
Senior Vanessa Rodriguez finished
with 12 kills, 5 aces, and 9 digs while junior Taylor Aguayo picked up
10 kills and 16 digs.
Still hungry for their first league win after falling to Calvary Murrieta and Arrowhead Christian, the Lions are ready to host Riverside's Woodcrest Christian on Tuesday.