GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Sierra Canyon takes down Oaks Christian in five sets; has won six straight matches

Sierra Canyon girls volleyball is now 11-3 overall and has won six consecutive matches (no losses in California)


By Jacob H. Pollon

The Sierra Canyon girls volleyball team won its sixth consecutive match Thursday night after a grueling 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-7 nonleague victory against Ventura County-powerhouse Oaks Christian.

The Trailblazers outlasted the Lions after the teams split the first two sets. Sierra Canyon fell behind 2-0 in the fifth but stormed back and surged ahead to never look back.

Hawaii-bound middle Maddie Way was instrumental in the fifth.

Boston College-bound outside hitter Danica Rach was consistent throughout the match.

The victory marked the third consecutive Thursday in August that Sierra Canyon was pushed to five sets. The Trailblazers have won all three. Sierra Canyon previously knocked off JSerra after surrendering a two-set lead and beat Redondo Union after leading by a set and trailing by a set.

“We like to make things interesting,” Sierra Canyon coach Stefanie Wigfall said. “I wish we could be more efficient but this is who we are right now. We have some work to do with Mission League matches coming up.”

Wigfall has been getting production from a deep lineup.

Rach and Way have provided senior, veteran leadership. Freshman Hanna McGinest is a budding outside hitter super star and fellow freshman Eva Jeffries has unlimited potential.

Two other veterans, setter Sade Ilawole and junior libero Lauren Lynch (committed to San Diego) have been as steady as they come.

Lola Brown has provided some good blocks at the net, Madelaine Zaragoza is a good server and, Brandi Boston, Mia Stewart and Devean Antione-Dillon have come through in key moments.

The Trailblazers swept Buckley on Tuesday 12, 13, 17 in a nonleague match. Jeffries shined putting balls home to the hardwood.

Sierra Canyon finished a stretch of three straight road matches. The Trailblazers return home next week to face Santa Margarita and Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks before opening up league play the week of September 11th.