Saints look like Giant killers in sweep

SAN DIMAS - Its members might be young, but the San Dimas High School girls volleyball team continues to impress.

The Saints (18-4, 9-0) took all the drama out of their showdown with visiting Ganesha by handling the Giants 25-19, 25-19, 25-14 to claim the Valle Vista League championship on Tuesday afternoon.

San Dimas' Nicole Ellis and Ashley Burchfield combined for 27 kills and have led the Saints to wins in all 27 games in league play.

"They were the better team today, and they deserve to be league champions," Ganesha coach John McGaha said.

"San Dimas is young and yet they have improved so much over the season. This was the first time all season where we didn't have an ace, and I think the serving and serve returns were the difference today."

Ganesha (21-5, 7-2) has already secured second place and was led by Marcelina Moreno's 11 kills.

Yamani Wallace had nine kills and two aces for first-year coach Paul Kim's Saints.

"We're very young and only start one senior, but this is a very talented team that could win CIF if we're able to stay focused," Kim said. "We passed the ball pretty well tonight and made the adjustments that needed to be made, and we really played well as a team."

Burchfield, the lone starting senior, has now been a part of three championship teams for San Dimas.

"It wasn't that close, but it's still very exciting to win league, and it all goes back to the way we passed the ball and the way we communicated," Burchfield said. "If we're are able to stay focused and execute, we feel like we can win whenever we take the court."

Jacqueline Salcedo had 19 assists for Ganesha, while Danya Velazquez chipped in with five kills and two blocks. Brittany Rodriguez had 24 digs for the second-place Giants.

"Brittany Rodriguez, Marcelina Moreno and Jackie Salcedo fought the whole way, and I couldn't be prouder of them and our entire team," McGaha said. "We've had a very successful season and we like our chances in the playoffs."

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