The Lady Warriors played in front of a packed house last Tuesday and clinched the South Sequoia League championship with
a three game sweep over BCHS. Above Sarah Horcher makes a spike from the 10-foot line. From left to right on the court
at the time is #8 Jami Lankin, #5 Paige Woodward, #3 Sarah Horcher, #4 Kelsey Kapitzke, #6 Sarah Carpenetti
and #16 Persephonie Devereaux. Photo courtesy Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Lady Warriors Capture SSL Title
Earn #1 Seed For Valley Playoffs

Posted by on November 4, 2009

One of the major goals for 2009 has been officially checked off for Mountain Volleyball.

In one of their most dominating performances of the season, the Lady Warriors knocked off perennial power Bakersfield Christian in three games, 25-9, 25-21, 25-15, and with it, clinched the South Sequoia League title.

“It feels great to win, to beat them twice this year was awesome,” said Tehachapi outside hitter Sarah Horcher. “We really just came together this year. It’s been great so far.”

Horcher led the dominating performance over the Eagles with 14 kills, five blocks and 12 digs, helping to orchestrate an impressive performance at net that had the Lady Warriors totaling a season-high 42 blocks in a three game match performance.

“We just really took control up front, what an amazing effort,” said head coach Sally White. “They played the way they were capable of playing. It was a near perfect game.”

Other strong performers included Jasmine Julye with 16 blocks and eight kills, Persephonie Devereaux with 10 blocks, Sarah Carpenetti with nine blocks and four kills, and Paige Woodward with 19 assists, six kills and two blocks.

Kelsey Kapitzke also had seven digs while Jami Lankin had five digs, four aces and 17 points won on serve.

Closing out the week, Tehachapi also took victories over Wasco (26-24, 25-14, 25-18) and Taft (25-15, 25-15, 25-20).

“We have another challenge ahead of us and it should be a very exciting round of playoffs,” White said. “We encourage everyone to come out and support us.”

Tehachapi (26-4; 10-0 SSL) earned the No. 1 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs, and will face the winner of No. 8 Granite Hills Porterville and No. 9 Hoover-Fresno this Thursday, Nov. 12 at home. The match will start at 7 p.m.

“We’re ready for the playoffs, we can’t wait to get started,” added Horcher. “We’re happy to win SSL, now we can focus on getting back to the (section) championship.”