Valley Christian volleyball wins in 5, moves to 10-0
Valley Christian Academy was taken to five games by Buckingham Charter but emerged with a 3-2 victory Tuesday in Vacaville, then had enough left in the tank to sweep visiting Elliot Christian of Lodi 3-0 on Thursday to raise its volleyball record to 10-0.
Trailing 11-6 in the fifth game, the Lady Lions used the serves of junior Heather Frank to take a 14-13 lead, and Sam Shoemake set up outside hitter Midori Bounds for the final kill in a 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 27-29, 15-13 victory. The Lady Lions stormed onto the court after winning the 2½-hour match.
“I’m just so proud of the way my girls battled till the last point,” coach Maria Hill said. “This is the kind of match that can only make us stronger.”
Junior Liz Peterson had 16 kills for Valley Christian. Bounds had 14 kills, and Frank had 19 points in 27 serves.
Valley Christian started 10-0 for the second year in a row with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 win over Elliot Christian. Shoemake’s play at the net, the hitting of Bounds, the digging of PresLeigh Sinerius and the all-around play of Carly Gish lifted the Lady Lions.
Valley Christian controlled the match but trailed 20-16 in game 3, when sophomore Erin Patterson went on a seven-point run at the service line to put the Lady Lions ahead 23-20.
High school boys soccer
Granite Bay 2, Grant 2 – The host Grizzlies came from behind to tie the surprising Pacers, who led 2-1 at halftime. Grant scored in the seventh and 16th minutes before Connor Hallisey scored in the 22nd minute. Grant lost a player to a red card in the second half, and Cody Giddings scored the equalizer on an assist by Tanner Thompson in the 71st minute.
College women’s soccer
William Jessup 1, Oregon Tech 0 – Midfielder Rachel Constantini scored off a rebound in the 51st minute as the Warriors defeated Oregon Tech on Thursday at Mahany Field in Roseville. Goalkeepers Katie Rappazzo and Lindsey Cesena combined to make five saves for the shutout.
High school boys water polo
Bear River 12, Roseville 9 – Leading at halftime, the Tigers (7-9, 1-2 SFL) were shut out in the third quarter of their loss to Bear River. Brandon Faddis scored four goals for Roseville. Brandon Bridges and Tyler Roach scored two goals each and Chris Lewis one.