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High School Volleyball: Woodlake, El Diamante advance to section finals


12:00 AM, Nov. 14, 2012 EST

Woodlake's KiAnna Cunningham (left) and Regina Ramirez (right) go for the block against Sierra's Hali Kemp in a Central Section Division IV semifinal match Tuesday in Woodlake. No. 1 Woodlake won in three sets. / Michael Alvarez

The Woodlake Tigers marched into the Central Section Division IV girls volleyball championship match with a sweep of the Sierra Chieftains Tuesday night in Woodlake.

The top-seeded Tigers defeated No. 5 Sierra, 25-23, 25-18, 25-14.

"I'm truly so proud of the girls' work ethic in practice and in games," Woodlake coach Tori Johnson said.

Woodlake (25-4) will host No. 6 Kingsburg on Thursday for the section title. Match starts at 7 p.m. The Vikings defeated No. 7 Immanuel in the other Division IV semifinal match.

Melissa Samaniego led Woodlake with 20 kills. She also had three blocks and an ace.

KiAnna Cunningham had four blocks to go with 15 kills. Regina Ramirez had four kills and three aces.

Division II

No. 1 El Diamante 3, No. 5 Independence 2: The Miners rallied from a 2-1 set deficit to earn a spot in the Division II title match with a 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12 victory over the Falcons.

"It was tight all the way through. It was a solid match from start to finish," El Diamante coach Leslie Sorensen said. "We played a very good match against a very good team. I'm very proud of my girls. They played one of their best matches when they needed it the most. I'm just overwhelmed."

Rachael Schaefer had a team-high 22 kills. Katelyn Anderson posted 20 kills. Lauren Torres had eight kills and four blocks.

Bianca Pattani had 20 digs, and Jamie Ruble had six kills and four aces.

El Diamante (26-3) will host No. 2 Lemoore on Thursday. The match begins at 7 p.m. The Miners and Tigers split their two West Yosemite League meetings en route to sharing the WYL crown.

Division III

No. 4 Hoover 3, No. 1 Central Valley Christian 1: The Patriots upset the top-seeded Cavaliers 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 28-26.

Lindsay Calvin and Taylor Van Den Berg each had 13 kills for CVC (26-9). Tess Van Grouw had a team-high 23 digs.

 

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Rank School Record
1 Mission Oak High School
Tulare, CA
13-3-0
2 El Diamante HS
Visalia, CA
13-6-0
3 Mt. Whitney High School
Visalia, CA
12-7-0
4 Redwood High School
Visalia, CA
10-10-0
5 Central Valley Christian School
Visalia, CA
9-9-0

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