Vikings’ comeback ends Ramona’s volleyball season

by Joe Naiman

Ramona High School’s boys volleyball season ended May 17 with a five-game loss at home against La Jolla in the semifinals of the CIF Division III playoffs.

The Bulldogs won the first two games before La Jolla prevailed in the final three sets to advance to the finals.

“It was quite a bummer,” said Coach Jeff Klauda. “Defensively we played pretty well. We played a pretty darn good match. La Jolla played out of their minds.”

La Jolla led in all five games. The Vikings held leads in the each of first two games after the scoring in those sets was halfway completed.

“We’d go on a run, catch them,” Klauda said.

Ramona’s comeback in those first two games produced 25-22 and 25-23 victories.

“We just really tightened up at the end of those sets,” said La Jolla coach Dave Jones.

La Jolla traveled to Ramona for a March 29 non-league match, which resulted in the Bulldogs winning the four-game contest.

“Having already gone there and lost once this season in four made us realize that we were going to have to do something different,” Jones said.

Ramona outside hitter Billy White had 25 kills against the Vikings in the earlier match. He had 16 kills, along with two blocks, in his final high school match.

“That was kind of our game plan at the beginning,” Jones said of stopping White.

La Jolla’s third-game leads were countered by the Bulldogs tying the score at 21-21 and 23-23 before the Vikings scored the final points of their 25-23 victory.

“They made a couple of great plays to pull out that game,” Klauda said.

“I just kept stressing to my guys how important it was to keep control of our emotions,” Jones said. “That fourth game we just took it to them.”

La Jolla tied the match with a 25-12 victory in game four.

“Fourth game missed a couple of serves that killed our momentum,” Klauda said.

The Bulldogs were also called for six net violations during the fourth game.

“Every time it was when we were starting to put a run together,” Klauda said.

The Vikings had 11-7 and 12-8 leads in the fifth game before taking the match with a 15-12 victory in the final set.

“We had a little serve-receive breakdown in the fifth game,” Klauda said. “It’s too much to overcome.”

Ramona narrowed La Jolla’s lead to 12-10 before being called for a net violation.

“I think both teams did a phenomenal job,” Jones said. “We were just fortunate to push through at the end.”

Ramona outside hitter Luis Nunez had 12 kills and seven digs in his final high school match. Senior Thomas Pacheco closed out his Ramona career with eight kills. Junior middle blocker Kenny Lawler had ten kills and two blocks, junior middle blocker Travis May added four kills, junior setter Garrett Adelman contributed 49 assists, eight digs, and a block, and junior libero Caleb Nelson led the team with 18 digs.

“They shouldn’t have any regrets,” Klauda said.  “They couldn’t have played any harder than they did.”

Ramona finished the 2011 season with a 17-15 record, including a 3-7 figure in Palomar League play.

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