Santa Fe avoids Lancers upset

first_img “La Serna played really well,” Santa Fe coach Gay Castaneda said. “That’s the best I’ve seen them play. We were lucky today.” The Chiefs had to make a huge comeback in Game 4 to avoid having the Lancers end the match then and there. “But this is the best we’ve played in a long time. To lose this one is disappointing, but as long as we keep our heads up, we’ll be OK.’ Sophomore outside hitter Courtnie Everidge led the Chiefs with nine kills. Saenz had seven kills and four aces, and Mendez finished with seven kills. La Serna’s front line that included Chelsey Cook, Kelsi McAleese and Nicole Holmes played impressively. McAleese, a junior middle blocker, finished with 12 kills and four blocks. Holmes, a junior outside hitter, had 12 kills, and Cook, a senior middle blocker, had nine kills and four blocks. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS — Santa Fe High School dodged a bullet in its pursuit of Del Rio League girls volleyball leader El Rancho by rallying to defeat La Serna, 3-2, in their match Thursday afternoon. Santa Fe (12-4, 5-1) lost two of the first three games before rallying to win, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10, and remain a game back of El Rancho (15-4, 6-0), which defeated Whittier, 3-0, Thursday. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week La Serna jumped to an 8-3 lead and had a 12-5 advantage before Santa Fe closed the gap to 19-18. The Chiefs still trailed, 23-18, before benefiting from some Lancers charity in an 8-1 string to finish the game. Seven of Santa Fe’s points during the comeback came from La Serna errors or mistakes. In the final game, Santa Fe broke a 7-7 tie on another La Serna miscue, then rode Ivana Mendez’s serving to four straight points that included three kills by Erica Espinosa and stretched the margin to 12-7. La Serna closed to within 12-10 on a Chiefs error and Cynthia Mendoza’s kill, but a pair of kills by Jessica Saenz sandwiched around another La Serna error finished the match. Earlier in the week, Lancers coach Kathy Abell lamented the Lancers’ penchant for hurting themselves at crucial moments. “It always seems to be the little things that are killing us,” Abell said. “Whenever we get there (close), we make the little errors that keep us from winning. last_img read more