September 2, 2004
After a dominating first game by Corona del Sol, it took some final-game heroics to seal the victory Wednesday night against Mountain View, with the Aztecs defeating the Toros, 25-6, 25-27, 25-20, in volleyball.
The Aztecs’ quick start came following a straight-set loss Tuesday to Phoenix Xavier, a defeat Corona coach Janna Corbett attributes to her team not trusting each other in their first real-time action in nearly two weeks.
Senior Kellie Phillips and junior Shaylen Walters served the visiting Aztecs (1-1) to the early first-game lead. The two combined for 11 points on the serve and Walters had four consecutive aces midway through the game.
"Walters has a wicked serve and Phillips’ float-jump serve is just so impressive," Corbett said. "It looks like it is going out and then it stays in."
Mountain View (1-1) was led by senior co-captain Calli Mechem in the second game. The likely replacement for last year’s state and threetime East Region Player of the Year Chelsea Goodman, who is playing at Brigham Young this year, Mechem is expected to be the team’s go-to player.
"Our first game, we were definitely nervous," Mountain View coach Katie Roberson said. "Athletes at Mountain View are competitive and they had to get over it. . . . and we came out the next game trying to beat somebody."
Mechem led all players with 11 kills, thanks in part to a constant diet of balls fed to her from all directions. However, her gaudy numbers were worrisome for Roberson, who wants to see her other players in position to score.
"She is our captain and a great leader," Roberson said. "But I would have liked to see our middles score more."
The third game saw the best combined effort from both squads, with neither team pulling away.
After jumping to an early 4-1 lead, the Aztecs eventually tied it up and took the lead 8-6.
Again Phillips came up big in the final game, recording three of her team-high
seven kills and two more aces.
"I think (the win) will be a huge confidence booster," Phillips said. "I think we can be pretty good this year."