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M-A hits on all cylinders in NorCal volleyball victory

 

The Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team turned in one of its strongest performances of the season Tuesday in a 25-14, 25-21, 25-12 victory over visiting Turlock in the Northern California Division I semifinals.

The Bears, the defending NorCal champs, will go for a repeat Saturday when they host Oak Ridge in the NorCal finals at 7 p.m.


Kiana Sales
Repeating as NorCal titlists, however, is not something M-A spent much time thinking or talking about. The big goal is to win that game, go back to the state finals and win a state championship this time around.

And after watching his team dominate a match that took little over an hour Tuesday, M-A coach Fletcher Anderson likes his team’s chances.

“I’ll put my money on this team when we play this solid any day of the week,’’ Anderson said.

Jacqueline DiSanto had 15 kills on a .343 hitting percentage to lead Menlo-Atherton (29-5). Eliza Grover had 13 kills and hit .500. Kirby Knapp had 35 assists and Kiana Sales came up with 10 digs.

M-A beat Oak Ridge, 2-0, in the Notre Dame Tournament, but Anderson said he expects a tough match.

Against Turlock, the first set was 19-14 before M-A went on a 6-0 run to close it out. Turlock put up a good fight in the second set, leading for much of it, the last time at 20-19. But the Bears finished with a flurry on a kill by Grover, two by DiSanto and one by Marit Hoyem, who had three blocks, to make it 23-20. Then, after Turlock broke the run, kills by Sales and DiSanto closed it out.

That late run broke the visitor’s spirit and the third set was a walkover.

On to the NorCal finals.

“It feels awesome, especially getting to play at home,’’ Grover said. “It will be great to play again in front of our fans.’’

“I think it’s really great to have this opportunity to go back this year, my senior year,’’ Sales said. “To go to the final and try to win it again.’’

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