Bulldog spikers beat Pirates, lose to Timberwolves

By Joe Naiman

Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team defeated Oceanside in four games, Oct. 23, in the Pirates’ gym but lost in three games, Oct. 25, at Mission Vista.

The two Valley League matches gave the Bulldogs a 5-3 league record along with an 18-9 overall season statistic.

The match at Oceanside began with the Pirates taking a 28-26 victory in the first game after Ramona had game point at 24-19.

“We were up by quite a lot and just kind of gave it up at the end,” said coach Connie Halfaker.

“Everybody just kind of struggled with flow,” Halfaker said. “We were one step short of proper positioning on the court.”

The Bulldogs recovered with 25-13, 25-24, and 25-18 wins.

“True to form with this team, they fought hard regardless of what the score was, regardless of how they felt,” Halfaker said.  “They never give in.”

Abby Roulier led the Bulldogs with 13 kills while Christina Barrameda added 11 kills. Barrameda’s four serving aces led the team and Roulier had three aces. Julie Vorhes contributed 17 digs while Kelsie Whitten led Ramona with three blocks.  Starting outside hitter Jennah Hickle was ill that day and played sparingly.

The loss to Mission Vista was by 25-19, 25-12, and 25-19 margins.

“Did not go well,” Halfaker said. “The lack of flow was multiplied.”

The Bulldogs had a total of 18 kills in those three games.

“I know they were trying hard, I know they wanted to make a difference,” Halfaker said. “Just did not convert on third contact and made a lot of third contact errors.”

In the first round of league play, Ramona defeated Mission Vista in four games.

“This was a team that we had handled first round,” Halfaker said. “We just could not produce the points.”

Ramona ends its regular season Thursday, Nov. 1, at home against Del Norte; the match is also Senior Night for the Bulldogs.  The CIF playoff selection and seeding meeting will take place on Saturday.

   
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