The Williams Yellowjackets came out on top with a 3-1 match win over Esparto last Thursday night, moving their record to 3-5 on the season.
After a bitter loss to the Princeton Eagles last Tuesday, the Yellowjackets were looking to better their season record and pull away from a 3 game losing streak.
“These girls have the talent. When they work together as a team, they become unstoppable. I hope to see their team effort shine through tonight,” said Coach Kristi Hill.
Williams took an early lead in the first game and found themselves on top thought out. Vital kills by Liz Hernandez and Yesenia Orosco kept Williams ahead defensively. The Spartans unable to receive serves from Brianna O’Quelly handed the win to Williams with a 25-18 score.
A tight game ensued in the second set as Williams struggled behind the service line. Esparto took full advantage of six service errors by the Jackets allotting for a 20-18 score. But senior Maritza Pineda found her groove with a solo block and two consecutive kills to give Williams a 26-24 win.
With a 2-0 lead in the match, the Yellowjackets sought out the decisive win in the third set, but service errors, paired with strong service reception by Esparto, left them with a 25-20 loss. The fourth game of the night showed a full team effort by Williams as Orosco and Hernandez heated up the net with four kills each, with assists by Lizbeth Aceves. The Yellowjackets stormed out to an early lead and cruised to a 25-11 win, and secured a 3-1 match victory.
“The girls needed this win. The motivation and determination as a team in the last set is exactly what type of team they are,” said Hill.
The Williams Yellowjackets varsity volleyball team has an away tournament match vs. Los Molinos on Thursday, September 14 at 11:30 AM. ■