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West volleyball makes short work of CC Moody

By jhornberg
Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.


Kelsea Kalich was hot on the ball's trail, and nothing was going to get in her way. Not her teammates, and especially not the row of chairs that constituted the Victoria West bench.

"I saw they were going to pass it over, so I started going back,"

The senior outside hitter dove after it, hit the ball into the air and rolled head over heels almost through the bench.

The crowd roared. It didn't matter that the ball was probably out.

"As I was diving on the floor, I could hear everyone calling that it was out," she said.

Still, it speaks to Kalich's tenacity as a player, and her ability to be a force for West as a defender and as a hitter.

"Kelsea's a heck of a player, not only offensively, but defensively too," said Warriors coach Sandy Longoria. "Defense really sparks the crowd, and she's going to go for everything."

West didn't win that particular point - it meant it was 22-11 West in the first game - but it went on to win a whole lot more during Friday's playoff 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 rout of Corpus Christi Moody at home to advance to the regional quarterfinals against either Edcouch-Elsa or Calhoun.

Kalich was one of several to have a complete night defensively and offensively for the Warriors. The senior led the team with 13 kills, nine digs and five aces. Brooke Kirkpatrick added eight kills, four block and five digs, while Rachel Hamon contributed 12 kills and four blocks.

This was the best the Warriors have played in weeks, Longoria said. Considering how much they knew about the Lady Trojans, that's really saying something.

"They were unknown to us other than a few helpful hints I could get from coaches that had played them earlier this year," Longoria said.

Blair Butschek added 40 assists for West, while Michele Rendon had seven digs and Shelby Spradley had five digs.

The Lady Trojans led just once in three games - at 6-5 in the second game.

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