CALEXICO â€“Â The Calexico lady Bulldogs hosted the Southwest Eagles September 15 for a shut out volleyball match, with the Bulldogs winning 3-0, giving Calexico its first league win after losing to Brawley early in the week.
The first set started off quickly for the Bulldogs as they took the lead over the Eagles. With the momentum well in the Bulldogs’ favor, Claudia Garcia (#13) scored nine points. Garcia also walked away with two aces and 38 kills.
Although the lady Eagles fought hard throughout the first set, they only scored 11 points, falling short of the Bulldogs’ 25.
At the start of the second set, Southwest came back strong, scoring quickly, and keeping the scores closer than the earlier set. Audra Carter (#2), captain of the Southwest team, helped garnered majority of her team’s digs, keeping the Bulldogs from scoring.
With Calexico eager to keep the lead over Southwest, the Bulldogs persevered and pulled ahead late in the match. Calexicoâ€™s Kayla Rubio (#20) flipped on the switch by getting a whopping 13 kills helping her team regain control of the game. Rubio also scored two aces of her own to add to the Bulldogs’ victory in claiming the second set 25-16.
Going into the third set, the Eagles had one final chance to gain a win to keep them in the match.
The third set saw both teams fighting back and forth trying to gain the lead without much success. For most of the first half of the set, Â neither team lead by more than one point until Southwest found its groove and took an eight-point lead. Southwest’s Kamila Salazar (#1) was one of the Eagles to score, giving the team a possibility for taking the lead.
With the home crowd cheering them on, the Bulldogs buckled down to fight back from the eight point deficit. With the Eagles leading in the third set 22-14, Â Calexico came through and evened the score to 24-24. The Bulldogsâ€™ Iran Alvarez (#22) scored seven points for her team and had a total of ten kills and two aces for the night.
The Bulldogs finished the set with the â€œWâ€ with a final score of 26-24.
â€œI am very proud how my team played throughout the game,â€ said Bulldogs’ Head Coach Claudia Maeda. â€œThey played with good intensity which help us beat the Eagles late in the third set.â€
With this win, Calexico will move on to play Imperial September 20 for their third league match this year.[envira-gallery id=”84969″]