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Providence volleyball enjoys success at home

Girls' volleyball: Pioneers make quick work of St. Monica Academy, earning three-game nonleague sweep.

September 17, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
(Raul Roa Staff Photographer )

BURBANK — The Providence High girls' volleyball team, after a brief interlude to take part in the Burbank Tournament on Saturday, returned to a familiar venue Tuesday to finish a four-game slate of nonleague contests on their home floor to open the season.

The final opponent in the homestand was St. Monica Academy of Pasadena, which was unable to avoid mistakes, leading to a clean sweep by the Pioneers, 25-17, 25-12, 25-14, who picked up their play as the match progressed.

"I told the girls we can't be satisfied with just winning because we are going to play tougher teams and we just have to keep getting better every opportunity that we get," said Providence Coach James Jimenez, whose team is now 3-1. "That is why I wasn't happy with some of the plays we had because I think we can be better."

Providence relied on strong defense throughout, anchored by the play of libero Nikka Adraneda, who had 15 digs. The defense was especially key early, as the Pioneers' outside hitting got going as play progressed.

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Equally as important to the Pioneers' success was the abundant hitting and passing errors by the visitors that remained constant throughout the contest. Game one, the most competitive of the three, ended with an errant serve by the Crusaders and the final margin on eight points marked the biggest lead of the game.

Game two was tied at 8 until the Pioneers seized control with a 9-2 run. Providence (3-1) finished strong, scoring the last eight points of the game, highlighted by three consecutive aces from Regina Benedicto. The game came to an end on an outside kill from Lorena Ubillus. The junior went on to lead her team with six kills.

"It was a very good win for us. We were waiting for a win like this one," Ubillus said. "We tried our best and we finally crushed them."

The Pioneers were in full control of game three as the Crusader errors mounted. Providence scored the last five points of the match, with the capper coming on a kill from the outside by Julianne Tolentino that ricocheted off a St. Monica Academy back-line player.

"I think we were a little more focused toward the end because I told them we can't let up, we can't just take it easy just because we might be slightly better than the other team," Jimenez said. "We've just got to keep getting better."

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