Girls Volleyball: Meyer and Martinez Lead Westridge To Sweep at Poly; Tigers Avenge First Round Loss

It was electric inside the Poly gymnasium Thursday afternoon as the Panthers were looking for a season sweep after upsetting Westridge in a five-set thriller on Sept. 20. The Poly football team was even there in numbers, and making it a real home-court advantage for the young Panthers. But Allison Martinez and Makana Meyer were […]

It was electric inside the Poly gymnasium Thursday afternoon as the Panthers were looking for a season sweep after upsetting Westridge in a five-set thriller on Sept. 20.

The Poly football team was even there in numbers, and making it a real home-court advantage for the young Panthers.

But Allison Martinez and Makana Meyer were too much to handle.

Allison Martinez

After Westridge (15-2 overall, 8-1 in league) won the first set, most of the players and energy went out of the building.

The Tigers would go on to earn a 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 victory, and were able to avenge the Sept. 20, 5-set upset at Westridge.

Martinez led all players with 17 kills and Meyer added 14 kills.

“We were ready for Poly (this time) and watched film and focused on blocking,” Martinez said. “We’re (Martinez and Meyer) both very aggressive and we try to help all the others players.”

Krystal Raymundo had 34 digs for a Tigers team that now has a one and one-half game lead in the hopes of winning their first Prep League title in a decade.

“It would be a huge boost of confidence if we’re able to win a league title, because we haven’t been able to do that in about a decade,” Westridge coach Otto Lacayo said. “The kids have come a long way and the kids are healthier than we were in the past. We were able to put some plays together and our offense was much better (than last time).”

Ella Mao led Poly (12-6, 6-2) with 7 kills and Halston Harper added six kills.

Zoey Mao, Natalie Clark and Alexis Pappachan all had four kills apiece for Poly.

“We didn’t serve-receive well and I think that was a difference,” Poly coach Steve Beerman said. “We’re a young group and came in with a game plan, and that’s something new to them. As the game went on, I think we got a feel for our game plan a little better. I think our expectations are changing and I’m not sure if that’s good, because we’re a young group. We expects things to happen, and need to work for them.”

Poly will face winless Firebaugh on Tuesday and Westridge will meet up with Flintridge Sacred Heart today (Friday) in the So Cal Hudl Tournament in San Diego.

Prep League Standings:

Westridge (15-2 overall, 8-1 in league)
Poly (12-6, 6-2)
Chadwick (10-5, 6-2)
Mayfield (12-11-1, 5-3)
Flintridge Prep (10-10-1, 3-5)
Rio Hondo Prep (5-12-1, 1-8)
Firebaugh (0-9, 0-8)

 

 

 

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