The Turlock Christian High volleyball team picked up right where it left off in last year’s postseason and that is with a victory, but this time it was an upset.
After beating out the fourth seeded New Life Christian on Tuesday in the CIF Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-16 and 25-9) the Eagles of TC, who are seeded fifth, will be taking on the number one seed in Valley Christian on Thursday in the semifinal.
“I always like to play as the underdogs and we get to play more relaxed and it’s good to finish with a win against a top opponent,” said TC head coach Ashlee Towns.
After not playing for nearly two weeks, the TC squad looked a little rusty and off their game early on but it didn’t take long for the Eagles to ease into the game and by the end of the first game they were set.
They beat out New Life in the first game by seven points only to return and win the second by nine.
“The first set took a while to get used to a different team and started off slow and we shook off the rust since it’s been a while since we played,” said Towns. “By the second we played the way I knew we are capable of playing.”
The third game was all TC right from the get-go after winning by 16 and the streak in the playoffs for the Eagles continues at seven consecutive victories, which includes back-to-back section titles.
Nicky Sanders had one of the best games this season for the Eagles after a slow start and she managed to finish with six aces, four of which came in an eight serve sequence in the second game.
Madison Yagi tallied a game-high in assists (27) and Kaylene Baskin finished with four blocks.
“Nicole [Sanders] had one of her best games of the season, started slow and she knew but then made it rain and got us some crucial kills,” Towns said about her junior.
Now, TC will take on the Valley Christian squad from Roseville who is 24-1 for the season but that doesn’t intimidate Towns and her team.
“There is no doubt on my mind that we can go all the way and we need to go out prepared and we have a talented team, we are very deep and have a big rotation,” Towns said. “Everybody that plays for us can go in to make plays when we need it and I am confident if we play our a game we will be fine.”
The Eagles' next game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Valley Christian.