Dana Hills prevails behind Scambray's power
MISSION VIEJO – When in need of a point, the Dana Hills girls volleyball team knew where to look in Thursday's South Coast League match against Mission Viejo.
Junior outside hitter Tia Scambray put down 32 kills to lead the 10th-ranked Dolphins to the 25-17, 23-25, 28-26, 25-21 road victory.
Earlier in the week, Scambray had 29 kills in a five-set victory over Tesoro.
"It is great to have that type of arm whenever you need it," Dana Hills coach Bryce Baum said of Scambray. "She can deal with a variety of sets and be very successful and against a variety of blocks, too."
Nikki Matheis and Ayla Fresenius had 11 and nine kills, respectively, for the Dolphins (17-7, 3-0). Matheis also had 18 digs.
"We were definitely not red hot, but we were consistent," Baum said. "We were able to come up with a couple of key plays at the end to close that set and the match out."
Alyssa McIvor had 17 kills for the Diablos (11-7, 0-2).
The momentum of the match swung after the third set. The Diablos trailed, 14-11, before rallying to tie the Dolphins at 16-16.
Later, Mission Viejo had a chance to serve for set point but had a serving error, tying the score at 24-24.
At 26-26, the Dolphins had a kill from Mathies and a hitting error by the Diablos to win the set for a 2-1 lead in the match.
"I thought Dana (Hills) played really well, but I thought we executed well to play them," Mission Viejo coach Gus Culver said. "They're a really physical team, and their outside (Scambray) is one of the most physical kids that I've seen in a long time.
"I was proud of the way we played. I thought we served pretty tough, played good defense and we were able to put them in some situations that allowed us to transition and at least to have chances at points."