RHS spikers win rematch

   Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team won an Oct. 15 rematch with Mount Carmel to give the Bulldogs a winning record both in Valley League play and in overall season competition.

   The 21-25, 32-30, 25-22, 27-29, 15-9 victory over the Sundevils gave Ramona a 4-3 record in Valley League play along with a 8-7 overall mark, although the overall record doesn’t include Ramona’s 5-1-1 performance in the Palm Desert Tournament which did not consist of regulation-length matches.

   “We played to our capabilities,” Coach Connie Halfaker said of the victory over Mount Carmel.

Two of those Palm Desert Tournament victories September 19 were against Mount Carmel. The Bulldogs took a 21-18, 21-19 sweep in pool play before defeating the Sundevils 25-22 in the one-game match for third place in the tournament.

   Ramona began league play Sept. 22 against Mount Carmel, and the Sundevils swept the match by 25-22, 25-23, and 25-22 scores.

   “The loss in the first round was very, very frustrating,” Halfaker said. “The girls were real determined not to let things slip away this time.”

A family medical situation forced Halfaker to miss the Oct. 12 practice and Ramona’s Oct. 13 home game against Oceanside while she was in Arizona, but Assistant Coach Jeff Klauda guided the Bulldogs to a 25-10, 25-16, 25-16 win over Oceanside.  

   “It was an opportunity for everybody to get a chance to play,” Halfaker said.

   The report from Klauda was that Ramona’s players served well, made few mistakes, and were focused. The win over Oceanside ended Ramona’s three-match losing streak.

   Mount Carmel was as determined as Ramona to win the Oct. 15 match.  

   “Both teams played very well,” Halfaker said.

   “Very few hitting errors,” Halfaker said of the Ramona-Mount Carmel match. “Both teams were pretty much hitting points.”

   The level of play was reflected by the teams’ ability to obtain sideouts on game point in the second and fourth games.  

   “The focus remained and the teamwork happened,” Halfaker said of Ramona’s performance in the second game.

   “It was just really a positive situation from our standpoint,” Halfaker said. “They did a really good job of supporting one another and just winning points.”

   Ramona led 24-21 in the fourth game but missed a serve on match point. The Sundevils took a 25-24 lead before Ramona earned a sideout to extend the game.  

   “One of their players just got real hot at the end of the game,” Halfaker said.

   “We made an adjustment for game five and took that away,” Halfaker said. “We responded really well to that and played our system beautifully.”

   Ramona took an 11-4 lead in the fifth game and was able to keep the Sundevils from catching up.

   “Once we got our serve-receive fixed, we were really in control of the entire match,” Halfaker said.

The Bulldogs will travel to Orange Glen today before participating in the East County Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday.

   
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