By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team opened its season March 7 with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 road victory against Scripps Ranch.
“We played very well the whole way through,” said Coach Jeff Klauda. “It was a real good effort, especially for the first time out, so that was exciting to see.”
Ramona’s statistics included a total of two serving errors for the entire match.
“We put a lot of pressure on them,” Klauda said. “We made it hard for them and they got frustrated.”
Ramona’s starting lineup, including libero Cody Kealy, consisted of four seniors, one junior, and two sophomores. Kealy is the only one of those seven who did not play on Ramona’s varsity last year.
Scripps Ranch lacks such experience.
“They’re very young, but they’re very athletic,” Klauda said. “I’m glad we caught them early (in the season), because I think they’re going to be really good by the end of the year.”
Outside hitters Josh Spieker and Caleb Nelson were Ramona’s primary serve-receive players with Kealy joining them when the Falcons had a server with a reputation for jump serves. The Bulldogs only allowed one serving ace.
“The serve-receive was just outstanding,” Klauda said.
Middle blocker Matt Lawler, a sophomore who spent some time on the 2011 varsity, made his first varsity start. Lawler had six kills in nine swing attempts and made no hitting errors. Lawler also had two blocks.
Opposite hitter Travis May, who took 19 swings, also had six kills without a hitting error.
Nelson, who spent 2011 as Ramona’s libero, had seven kills from his 16 swings while making two hitting errors. He also had nine digs, and he had two serving aces while accounting for 12 points overall during his serves.
“Caleb played amazing,” said Klauda.
Spieker also had nine digs, and Kealy contributed five digs. Setter Garrett Adelman had 28 assists, four kills, and two blocks. Middle blocker Kenny Lawler had four kills and two blocks.