Lady Cougars Fall to Ramona

Ramona High School's girls volleyball team will close its regular season with matches Oct. 25 at Escondido High School and Oct. 27 at Fallbrook High School, where the Valley League championship will likely be decided.

Ramona and Fallbrook each had 3-0 records in league play entering their Oct. 11 match against each other in Ramona. The Bulldogs gained the advantage in the standings with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-16 victory.

"We knew that we were going to have to come out and really be aggressive," said Ramona coach Connie Halfaker.

The Warriors held a 12-point lead in the second game.

"Paige Torsak came in and just went on a massive serving spree," Halfaker said.

Torsak had two serving aces for the match, as did Sierra Adkins. McKenna Marshall and Gracie Seits had three aces apiece. Marshall had 17 kills, a .312 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Seits had 13 kills, a .357 hitting percentage, 11 digs and three blocks.

"We never had a weak rotation either on defense or offense that they could take advantage of," Halfaker said.

Adkins led the team with 17 digs. Jilian Martin set for 32 assists.

"It was a strong effort on both sides of the ball," Halfaker said.

Marshall, Martin and Amanda Donais were honored during Senior Night festivities before the Oct. 13 home match against San Pasqual. Marshall had nine kills and five aces, Martin had 26 assists, and Donais had 10 kills and a .643 hitting percentage in the Bulldogs' 25-14, 25-14, 25-22 victory over the Golden Eagles.

"We controlled the ball well, which allowed us to run our offense," Halfaker said.

The passing average statistic is based on the number of options a pass gives the setter with three options being perfect. "All of our primary passers were at 2 or above," Halfaker said.

Seits led the team with eight digs against San Pasqual.

"It was some of the cleanest, most focused and unified play that I've seen," Halfaker said.

The wins over Fallbrook and San Pasqual gave Ramona an overall season record of 24-7 as well as the 5-0 Valley League mark. The top eight teams in Division I will spend the post-season in the Open Division playoffs while the other teams will compete in the Division I bracket. Ramona currently stands sixth, which would place the Bulldogs in the Open Division in the absence of changes. The CIF playoff selection and seeding meeting will be Oct. 28.

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by Joe Naiman