Strong serving sets up JV volleyball victory

By Annie Brennan, Staff–

The ball is in the air; Allison Chambers jumps  and smacks it into the opposite court. Chambers’ second-serve ace brought the Davis High women’s JV volleyball team out of the gate early to beat Grant High School in consecutive games (25-6, 25-4).

Chambers served strong for a five-point streak, setting the Blue Devils up for an early lead. The match was part of league play for DHS.

Sophomore Addison Lyons stood out in the first game, racking up three kills. “I was happy that I could contribute to our win and keep the serve on our side,” Lyons said.

Energy spiked in the gym when sophomore Genavieve Chambers tipped the ball for a point against Grant. “I was excited about that tip because I’ve never played front row before, ” Chambers said.

Freshman Kate Thompson also added two kills and a block to the victory. Sophomores Shea Ochoa and Sydney Russo served up aces in the first game, cementing the 25-6 win.

DHS started out the second game strong again, with two more aces by Chambers, and kills by Esquivias and Abby DeWit contributing to an early 7-0 lead.

The Blue Devils’ serving groove continued through the second game, dominated by sophomore Sami Esquivias. Esquivias shut down Grant’s offense with a massive 15-point serving streak, complete with five aces.

“Serving’s been one of the places I’ve been working on,” Esquivias said. “I’m really proud of myself and the team.”

“We served really tough,” coach Jordon Friend said. “We’re working on running our middle really effectively right now. We’re finding opportunities to do that.”

Friend hopes that improving on these skills will better their chances with other teams later in the season. But overall, Friend is happy with the victory. “It’s nice to come out and beat a team like we did,” Friend said.

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