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Roundup: Capo Valley enjoys view from the top
Tuesday's match ended the first half of the Sea View League schedule for the Capistrano Valley girls volleyball team.
After four matches, the view from the top looks good.
Capistrano Valley, ranked ninth in the county, defeated host El Toro, 25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22 to remain perfect heading into second half of league play, which starts next week.
The Cougars (19-6, 4-0) have lost just one set through the first half of league.
"We're still learning some things, but we got through the first half of league and we didn't have to go five (sets)," Capistrano Valley coach Darren Utterback said.
Two of El Toro's three league matches before Tuesday had been extended to five sets.
Capistrano Valley led 19-12 at one point in the fourth set.
However, El Toro managed to fight back to cut the score to 21-20 on a kill from Kristey Markle, forcing the Cougars to call a timeout.
Out of the break, Erica Moscoso scored on a kill and block, allowing the Cougars to regain control of the set and eventually the match.
"You never know what can happen in a fifth set," Utterback said. "One server gets on a roll and your passing goes downhill for four or five points and it is really hard to get back in.
Danielle Bolden led the Cougars with 17 kills. Daniella Legan and Kyleigh Schumacher had 11 and nine, respectively.
Moscoso had 44 assists and three blocks.
Alexis Gray had six aces, including five in the second set.
"She got on a roll jump-serving and got some points," Utterback said. "If you're the team receiving serve, the court starts to seem really big and I think that happened, because we were passing well and they were struggling at first."
The teams will meet again Oct. 23 at Capistrano Valley.
In the Pacific Coast League
Irvine 3, Northwood 2: Maddy O'Donnell had 24 kills, 17 digs and four blocks to lead the visiting Vaqueros (6-6, 2-2) in their 29-27, 25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 15-12 victory. Brianna Johnson had 13 kills, 14 digs and eight blocks for Irvine. Vanessa Hubbard added eight kills and 13 digs, and Megan Rawlings had seven kills and 10 digs for Irvine.