Imperial- The Imperial Tigers dug into the lady Bulldogs of Calexico for their third consecutive 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14) shutout volleyball match at home in Imperial on Tuesday night to remain undefeated 3-0 in league play.
â€œThe girls are working well together in communicating and executing their job. Â Our goal is to jump ahead early, play together, focus on the controllables, and the rest will fall into place,â€ said Imperial Tiger’s head volleyball coach, Chelsey Strahm.
The first set started off evenly matched with a few long rallies. Â The turning point occurred early when Calexico hit the ball out of bounds followed by a save by Imperialâ€™s (#4) Alyssa Chavaria, tying the game tied at (2-2).
The lady Bulldogs called timeout in an attempt to regroup at (2-6) after kills by Tigers (#23) Analia Sotelo and (#13) Camryn Seaman was coupled with an offensive miscue, keeping Calexico stranded at 2 points. Â The errors continued as the lady Bulldogs served into the net on their first possession coming out of the time out.
Imperial held their biggest lead of the first set at 15-6 when Seaman got hot and recorded another 3 kills.
Still in the first set and behind by 21-18, a series of errors and an ace by (#22) Iran Alvarez helped Calexico gain a ground. Â The Tigers answered back with an ace of their own by Sotelo. Â (#5) Cady Davis and (#13) Seaman would each net another kill before taking the first set 25-18.
Imperial Tigerâ€™s (#6) Alexis Retana started off the second set in impressive fashion with three consecutive untouched aces, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Retana would continue to contribute, assisting teammates (#7) Keren Hogue, Â Seaman, and Davis for a storm of spikes and kills that ballooned the lead up to 10 points to 16-6.
The second set ended a bit sloppily with errors and out of bounds calls on both teams closing out at (25-16) in favor of Imperial.
In the third set Imperial displayed a defensive exhibition. Â (#7) Hogue set the pace with two successive stuffs at the net for an early 4-1 lead; Seaman got into the action adding a block of her own.
Imperial Tigers won the final set (25-15), capitalizing on the lady Bulldogs inability to catch up after repeated errors and miscues.
â€œWe just put too much pressure on ourselves, we appeared too tense and focused on what Imperial was doing instead of executing our game plan,â€ said Calexico Bulldogs volleyball head coach, Claudia Maeda regarding their loss.