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Denair volleyball tops Delhi in SAL matchup
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A Hawks player looks to tip the ball right over the net during Wednesdays 3-1 loss to Denair High. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal

Denair High volleyball found some payback Monday night, as the Coyotes won out over the Delhi Hawks in their second Southern Athletic League matchup, 3-1.  What began as a competitive first set, resulted in a  Coyote victory over the Hawks (26-24, 25-7, 21-25 and 25-19).

“Aliah [Ibarra] was here this time, although she wasn’t last game and that was a huge plus,” Denair head coach Courtney Nutcher said. “This time we had less missed serves and the girls worked together as a team and they didn’t get down as much when they were down.”

The first set was tough as both teams fought back and forth and it came to the wire. Delhi was looking to close it out as the score read 24-22, but miscues and the capitalization of mistakes for the Coyotes lifted them over the Hawks with a 26-24 win.

Going into the second, Delhi looked to reboot — but they struggled and fell, 25-7.

“The girls' motivation does not seem to be there anymore. I try to get them into the game but it does not work; they fall apart, their mentality does not seem to be there,” Delhi head coach Adriana Nunez said.

A quick rebuttal for the Hawks led to a third set victory, but that would be it, as the Coyotes dominated in the closing set.

“I feel good that the girls are able to come back, even after losing one set; the girls didn’t get down on themselves, so that was a huge positive,” Nutcher said.

With the help of the entire squad, the Coyotes were able to overcome a third set defeat as Alex Knapp led the way with 11 kills, eight assists and five aces.

Aliah Ibarra topped out with 14 digs. Katie Oliver finished with five blocks and Gloria Olivas added 14 digs and five aces.

With only a handful of games left for both the Coyotes and Hawks, the Coyotes will travel to Le Grand and play at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Delhi will host Waterford at 4:30 p.m. Monday.