Ramona High’s boys volleyball beats Morse in playoff opener

By Joe Naiman

Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team won its first CIF Division II playoff match on May 8 at home against Morse before a May 11 loss at Scripps Ranch in the quarterfinals.

The 2013 Bulldog team included no returning all-league players, only one player who was a starter for all of 2012, and only three other players who had any post-season experience.

“I think we did pretty well,” said coach Jeff Klauda. “The guys really came so far from where they were at the beginning of the year.”

The Bulldogs finished the season with a record of 18-19 including a 2-8 Valley League mark worth fifth place in the league standings and a split of the two playoff matches. Ramona had the seventh seed in the Division II playoffs, earning the Bulldogs a home match against Morse.

“For most of the guys it was their first playoff game ever,” Klauda said.

Ramona prevailed by 25-14, 25-13, and 25-22 margins.

“The guys came out and played really, really well and kind of jumped on them,” Klauda said. “We were serving pretty tough.”

Klauda noted that the Tigers made adjustments to their serve-receive during the third game.

Senior outside hitter Josh Spieker, the only returning starter from 2012, led the Bulldogs with 16 kills against Morse. Middle blocker Lance Stickney added 12 kills. Setter Isaiah Spieker had 35 assists.

“Our guys played exceptionally well,” Klauda said.

Scripps Ranch was seeded second among Division II teams.

“For the most part we played pretty well,” said Klauda.

The Falcons won by 25-19, 25-21, and 25-17 scores.

“They outplayed us,” Klauda said.

“We were right there and we made them work for every point,” Klauda said. “They had to change the way they played; they had to adjust.”

Klauda’s plan was to put pressure on the Falcons early.

“That did not happen.  We came out and had a little trouble siding out,” he said.

Scripps Ranch had a 10-3 lead in the first game.

“The guys absolutely showed no fear. They showed so much resiliency,” Klauda said.

Josh Spieker had 15 kills in his final Ramona High School match. Senior middle blocker Reed Hallams closed out his high school career with four blocks. Junior libero Jake McLaughlin led the Bulldogs with 14 digs. Isaiah Spieker recorded 28 assists against Scripps Ranch.

“They played with everything they had. They did everything we asked,” Klauda said. “They really did accomplish a lot.”

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