The Mammoth Huskies Girls Volleyball teams wrapped up an impressive 2017 regular season last night with both the JV and Varsity sweeping the visiting Vasquez Mustangs in straight sets. Both teams were undefeated in Desert Mountain League play for the first time in over 25 years.
The JV Huskies started their match with strong serving and relatively few unforced errors, cruising to a 25-16 win. The Mustangs seemed to get energized in game 2 and rallied from a 16-10 deficit to take a 22-20 lead. Mammoth responded to the challenge and ran the last 5 points to win 25-22. Strong performaces were turned in by setters Adi Witherill and Samantha Jones, both of whom took on setting roles for the first time this season. The Huskies were anchored on defense by Libero Keely Podosin, who had played at a high level all season. The JV team ended the season 6-0 in Desert Mountain League play and 15-2-1 overall.
Mammoth’s Varsity team began their match with several unforced errors in serving and hitting, but managed to clean things up posting a 25-18 score in game 1. The Huskies really began to dominate the outmatched Mustangs with hard serving, consistent hitting and very clean passing posting scores of 25-13 and 25-8 to win the match. Outside hitter Kendall Lach had 8 kills on 15 swings to lead the Huskies on offense with a blistering .553 hitting percentage. Outside hitter Morgan Sanders and middle blocker Ella Thompson combined for 36 tough serves with Sanders notching 7 aces. Senior setter Mallory Podosin added 18 assists and senior Libero Hayley Moss passed 16 serves and had 13 digs on defense. The Varsity Huskies completed their regular season with a perfect 10-0 league record and 24-5-2 overall.
Mammoth’s varsity is currently ranked #2 out of 66 teams in CIF Southern Section Division 9 and will find out late Thursday who they will face in the first round of CIF playoffs on Halloween.
“This has been a hugely rewarding season in so many ways,” said Coach John Morris. “We had 31 student athletes involved with the volleyball program this fall and saw successes in teamwork and comraderie in addition to the obviously positive results on the court. I can’t say enough great things about this group of young