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John Glenn spikers sweep Whitney for first win of season


By Loren Kopff

After being swept by Pioneer in its season opener on Sept. 4, the John Glenn girls volleyball team returned the favors by sweeping visiting Whitney 25-18, 25-12, 26-24 this past Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Eagles had to rally from early deficits in the first two sets, then held a seven-point lead in the third set before Whitney made a furious comeback late in the third set.

Whitney (0-1) either had a lead or was tied until an ace from junior defensive specialist Ashley Armas put Glenn up 10-9 in the first set. After a net violation made the score 11-10 in favor of Glenn, the Lady Eagles put the set away with five straight points including three straight aces from senior middle hitter Erika Espinoza.

In the second set, Whitney was leading 7-6 until the fifth kill from senior outside hitter Stephanie Lemus gave Glenn the serve where sophomore defensive specialist Thalia Reyes reeled off four straight points, three of them aces. Lemus would pound down five kills in the set four servers combined for seven aces.

Glenn bolted out to leads of 4-0, 10-3 and 17-10 in the third set before the Lady Wildcats stormed back, first from the serving of junior libero Allison Oh, who had four aces of the five points she earned. Whitney would then take a 20-19 lead after sophomore outside hitter Juliann Chou’s fifth kill of the match. Whitney would be at set point but Lemus put down her match-high 15th kill, followed by her back to back aces. Espinoza added eight kills for Glenn while Chou led Whitney with half a dozen kills.

In other girls volleyball action, Artesia swept Buena Park 25-13, 25-20, 25-18 on Sept. 4 for its second straight win. The Pioneers travelled to Firebaugh on Sept. 10. Gahr and Valley Christian will participate in the prestigious Dave Mohs Memorial Tournament today and Saturday. Gahr will be in a pool with Brea Olinda, Laguna Hills and Yucaipa while Valley Christian will face Costa Mesa, Stockdale and Yorba Linda in another pool. Valley Christian fell to Paramount 24-26, 25-22, 25-13, 17-25, 13-15 this past Tuesday and hosted La Serna on Sept. 10.

Norwalk dropped to 3-3 after Warren edged the Lady Lancers 26-24, 25-27, 19-25, 25-16, 15-13 this past Tuesday. Norwalk will visit California today and Paramount on Tuesday.


After an opening season 28-0 loss to Pioneer, Artesia bounced backed in fine fashion by whitewashing Magnolia 30-0 last Friday on the road. Junior running back Jordan Benoit had scoring runs of 12 and 49 yards and returned a fumble 41 yards for a third touchdown as the Pioneers put the game away with 17 points in the fourth quarter. Artesia will travel to Pasadena tonight.

Gahr’s rally against host Mayfair came up short in a 28-21 decision last Friday night. The Gladiators (0-2) will host Cerritos tonight in the big city game. John Glenn was crushed by Pioneer 62-0 last Friday night and has been outscored 108-8 in two games thus far. The Eagles hosted Mountain View on Sept. 10. Norwalk was no match for nationally ranked St. John Bosco in a 67-7 last Friday night. The lone Lancers touchdown was a one-yard run from senior quarterback Ausencio Navarro in the fourth quarter. The Lancers will host Bell Gardens tonight