11/20/2012 5:00:00 PM Lady Jackets fall in CIF first round
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team saw their season come to a close last week when they lost to Mission Vista, 3-0, in Oceanside. The Jackets were seeded 13th in the CIF/San Diego Section Division 3 bracket while Mission Vista was the division's fourth seed.
"This is not quite what we had hoped for," said Jacket volleyball coach, Emily Chute. "I really feel like we believed we could win."
Most of the girls were on the team that upset Mater Dei on the road in the first round three years ago, according to Coach Chute.
"We had problems from the beginning with our passing and hitting consistency," said Chute. "Most of their points were due to our errors."
Game scores had Mission Vista winning all three games, 25-11, 25-10, and 25-19.
"Had we been on our game this would have been a close match," Chute said. "But it was not meant to be that day."
Coach Chute was pleased that the girls came around somewhat in the third game as the Jacket hitters and passers came to life.
Jordan Girard had five kills and three blocks while Carley Teater was good for five kills but the Jackets only managed 16 kills in the match while committing 15 hitting errors.
The Jackets had finished in third place in the Imperial Valley League standings with an 8-4 record, the second best league mark Palo Verde had posted since the IVL was reassembled over ten years ago.
"This team had a lot of heart and desire," Chute said. "They never quit on themselves and always believed they could win."
Coach Chute said she felt her charges will take this attitude with them as they continue to do well in the future.
In addition to Girard and Teater, the Jackets will lose seven other seniors to graduation. Vianette Gonzalez, Summer Schriner, Tabitha Hyduke, Alex Jones, Haily Chute, Phoebe Cyr, and Mercedes Lainez also played their final contest in the loss.
Palo Verde will have two sophomores returning to next year's squad. Alicia Lule and Shelby Cyr will be joined by several players who will move up from the JV team.
"This group will have to work hard to improve and fill the gaps left by our seniors," Chute said.