Bulldog spikers show comeback ability

By Joe Naiman

A four-game victory for Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team Sept. 26 at San Marcos High School included two games in which the Bulldogs came from behind to win.

“It was quite an event,” said Coach Connie Halfaker.

In addition to overcoming the San Marcos leads, the Bulldogs also had to overcome a match-ending injury to right side hitter Katherine Mauldin.

In the first game the Knights had a 22-18 lead.

“We came back to tie it up,” Halfaker said.

Ramona knotted the score at 23 points apiece before securing an eventual 26-24 victory. Mauldin incurred an arch injury during the game but wanted to stay on the court.

“She has a fight like no other,” Halfaker said.

Following the conclusion of game one, Mauldin limped off the court.

“She faked like she wasn’t hurt to get back in, but she was too injured to continue,” said Halfaker.

Mauldin is expected to be out for two weeks. Carolyn Buggeln had been out for 3-1/2 weeks due to an ankle injury and returned to practice the day before the match at San Marcos.

“She did a really good job of finishing out the match for us,” Halfaker said of Buggeln.

Buggeln is an outside hitter. Robyn Arthur was moved from middle blocker to right side hitter and Natalie Seol switched from outside hitter to middle blocker.

While Callie Guasti led the Bulldogs with 10 kills for the match, Arthur and Seol had six kills apiece.

“They were able to make that adjustment with no problem and continue very strongly offensively,” Halfaker said.

The coach added, “I do not think the lineup change is why we played badly in game two. We just played badly. We played quite mistake-riddled.”

San Marcos prevailed by a 25-17 score in the second game.

“The good news was that we were in charge of our destiny,” Halfaker said.

She explained that Ramona lost that game due to the Bulldogs’ own mistakes.

“We were able to turn that around,” she said.

Ramona’s 25-22 win in the third game included a San Marcos run of points when the Bulldogs were stuck in a rotation.

“We were up pretty handily,” said Halfaker.

The Knights led for the first half of the fourth game before the Bulldogs tied the score.

“Then it was kind of back and forth,” noted the coach.

Ramona had a 24-23 lead and match point. The referee’s judgment gave San Marcos the subsequent point to tie the game, but Ramona sealed the match with a 27-25 triumph.

“The girls were scrappy.  They fought back,” Halfaker said.

Arthur led the team with five blocks. Makayla Torsak had five serving aces. Christina Barrameda contributed 18 digs.

“Every player did exciting things,” said Halfaker.

The win gives Ramona a 6-2 season record entering Thursday’s match at Mt. Carmel.  Valley League play opens Friday when the Bulldogs travel to Mission Vista.

   
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