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Lady Heralds playoff run ends at Santiago

Posted on 30 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

Whittier Christian's Jennifer Washle gets a hand on an attack by Santiago's Cheyenne Richards during a 3-0 Santiago win, Saturday night. Richards led all hitters with 16 kills.

Whittier Christian’s Jennifer Washle gets a hand on an attack by Santiago’s Cheyenne Richards during a 3-0 Santiago win, Saturday night. Richards led all hitters with 16 kills.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

CORONA – The Whittier Christian girls’ volleyball team saw its storied season come to an end, falling to Santiago of Corona 3-0, Saturday night in the second round of the CIF State playoffs at Santiago High.

The Lady Heralds overcame a slow start and competed with the Sharks throughout, but couldn’t figure out outside hitter Cheyenne Richards, who recorded 16 kills in Santiago’s 25-19, 25-21, 26-24 victory.

Santiago moves on to face Westview of San Diego in the Southern Regional finals.

“They have two very good outside hitters and so do we,” said Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian head coach. “It was a battle of outsides tonight, but I think their ball control was a little cleaner than ours and that gave them an edge. We were out of system a lot tonight and it’s tough to run an offense from 10-to-12 feet off the net.”

Senior outside hitter Chanel Hoffman added 13 kills for the Sharks (39-0), while setter Jessie Prichard totaled 35 assists.

While the outside hitters were scoring points for Santiago, Whittier Christian’s outside hitters were mirroring for the Lady Heralds.

Deanna Blaine led with 15 kills, Kylee Wolfe added 10 and Stephanie Stevenson finished with eight from the middle.

Jennifer Washle finished with 35 assists and Nicole Santos led the back line with 17 digs.

Down 2-0, the Lady Heralds got off to a quick start in the third set and built an 8-3 lead. That advantage would hold up in large part to the outside hitters, with six kills from Wolfe and five from Blaine, until Whittier Christian made it 23-17.

However, realizing they were in danger of dropping their first set at home all season, the Sharks went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, 24-23.

Whittier Christian's Deanna Blaine fires a kill shot past Santiago's Cheyenne Richards in the third set, Saturday night. Santiago knocked the Lady Heralds out of the state playoffs with a 3-0 win.

Whittier Christian’s Deanna Blaine fires a kill shot past Santiago’s Cheyenne Richards in the third set, Saturday night. Santiago knocked the Lady Heralds out of the state playoffs with a 3-0 win.

In the run, Richards came up with two kills and middle blocker Alexandra Kloehn scored with two blocks and a kill.

After trading points, Richards gave the Sharks the advantage with the kill. Santiago won the final point when an attack by Wolfe sailed long.

“It was very nice to see the way our girls didn’t want to quit, that should have been Whittier Christian’s set,” said Arlen Elvik, Santiago head coach. “We did not have an answer for [Blaine], but they just don’t quit, it’s been that way all year.”

With the score tied 5-5 in the first set, Richards’ serving put the Lady Heralds out of system, leading to a 6-0 run. Later, Hoffman added three kills and two aces to help Santiago stretch the lead to 19-10.

But two aces from Delaney Harris, along with a block and three kills by Blaine made the set more competitive before Hoffman finished it with a kill.

“We just started slow tonight and it’s tough to do that against a good team like Santiago, they just went on a couple runs in the first two sets that took us out of it,” Hunter said. “They’re a great volleyball team, I’m excited with how my girls competed against them.”

Stevenson made a difference for Whittier Christian to start the second set, scoring her team’s first four points with kills from the middle.

But late in the set, Santiago gained separation with strong play on the front line. Richards blocked a shot, while middle blocker Makayla Wolfe came away with two kills in a crucial stretch that helped put the Sharks up 2-0.

Natalie Betancourt led Santiago with 20 digs and Hoffman added 10.

Whittier Christian’s season ends with an overall record of 33-7. The Lady Heralds will lose eight seniors to graduation.

“This group of eight kids has played together since junior high and they came in here and exceeded expectations, exceeded potential,” Hunter said. “Being in Division 2, a little school like ours, it’s great to see them compete in that way, I’m extremely proud of them.”

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Whittier Christian repeats as Division 2A Champions

Posted on 23 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian girls volleyball team celebrates after defeating Mayfield 3-0 to clinch it's second consecutive CIF-SS Division 2A title. Photos by Jay Seidel, La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian girls volleyball team celebrates after defeating Mayfield 3-0 to clinch it’s second consecutive CIF-SS Division 2A title. Photos by Jay Seidel, La Habra Journal

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

ORANGE – The Whittier Christian girls’ volleyball team relied on previous playoff experience and strong finishes to secure its second consecutive CIF-SS Division 2A Championship after sweeping Mayfield High of Pasadena, Saturday morning at Santiago Canyon College.

Though Mayfield took early leads in all three sets, the Lady Heralds kept their composure and eventually broke away late in each set of the 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 win.

“I think [the keys] were our experience and trust,” said Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian head coach. “Mayfield put us out of rhythm quite a bit, but once we got into a rhythm late in games, I really feel like we had the experience and trust to cover each other, get after it and put pressure on them.”

Outside hitters Kylee Wolfe and Deanna Blaine continually pounded the Mayfield defense, finishing with 15 and 11 kills respectively, while Stephanie Stevenson played a big role in the middle with 10 kills.

Jennifer Washle orchestrated the offense with 40 assists and Nicole Santos anchored the defense with 16 digs.

“Stephanie was hitting at a really high percentage and it was working,” Hunter said. “She just happened to be on fire today, everyone did a really great job.”

Kylee Wolfe tips the ball over Mayfield's Faith Doney during the second set of the Lady Heralds' 3-0 sweep of the Cubs, Saturday morning.

Kylee Wolfe tips the ball over Mayfield’s Faith Doney during the second set of the Lady Heralds’ 3-0 sweep of the Cubs, Saturday morning.

The Cubs (24-2) jumped ahead by five points early in the first set and four points early in each of the second and third sets.

But each time Mayfield jumped ahead, Whittier Christian (32-6) reeled it in, tying each set at the midway point.

“It’s neat to see our girls really get after it and fight with teams, knowing that we are going to get pushed at every point, that we’re the bulls eye, it’s a lot of fun” Hunter said.

The Lady Heralds ended sets with runs of 10-2, 8-2 and 6-2 to claim a second consecutive championship.

After Mayfield took a 9-4 lead in the first set, the Lady Heralds went to Blaine and Wolfe outside, eventually tying at 12-12 on a block by Wolfe.

With Delaney Harris serving, the Lady Heralds went on a 6-0 run, with a Stevenson kill putting Whittier Christian up 21-17. Kylie Cooke closed the set with the team’s fourth block.

The second set ended in similar fashion, with Harris serving to a 7-0 run which put the Lady Heralds up 24-17 on a big kill by Blaine. After two points by Mayfield, the senior outside hitter would connect once more to close the set.

Whittier Christian's Deanna Blaine eyes the ball before hitting it through Mayfield's Faith Doney and Cailin Beadles in the second set of Whittier Christian's 3-0 sweep, Saturday morning.

Whittier Christian’s Deanna Blaine eyes the ball before hitting it through Mayfield’s Faith Doney and Cailin Beadles in the second set of Whittier Christian’s 3-0 sweep, Saturday morning.

“She’s a very smart hitter,” Mayfield Head Coach Jon Basilio said about Blaine. “We played outside of our system and we went based off of leap. When you deal with a big, physical hitter, all you can think about is how high she jumps, which is like jumping into the sea, you lose that depth perception. In that situation, I think we needed to keep the court a lot smaller, instead of opening it up.”

With the Lady Heralds leading the third set 21-19, Washle recorded two aces, including the match-winner before Whittier Christian stormed the court to celebrate.

Natalie Johnson led the Cubs with eight kills, while Madison Forrest, Lauren Baxter and Alexandra Tulleners provided five kills each.

Cailin Beadles recorded 18 assists for Mayfield and libero Sarah Johnson led the back line with 21 digs.

“Our core group of players are sophomores and you can’t replicate this type of environment, how big it is,” Basilio said. “I don’t think we played our game today, but if we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose to the best team in 2A and that was Whittier Christian today.”

Both teams move on to the CIF State Championships, which start Tuesday. The CIF will release the bracket for the State playoffs on Sunday.

“I would love to host a home game, last season we won a title and we were the No. 7 seed,” Hunter said. “We’ll see what State says. I’d love to make a run and enjoy it this year, but I’m just happy that we can keep competing.”

[UPDATE] Whittier Christian was given the No. 4 seed in the CIF Division 2 State Championship Southern bracket and will host La Costa Canyon of the San Diego Section, Tuesday night at Whittier Christian.

The CIF-SS Division 2A Champion Lady Heralds pose for a photo after receiving their patches and championship plaque.

The CIF-SS Division 2A Champion Lady Heralds pose for a photo after receiving their patches and championship plaque.

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Lady Heralds return to Division 2A finals after tough road test

Posted on 19 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

Whittier Christian's starters react after Alison Beattie's attack sails long, giving the Lady Heralds a 3-1 win and a return trip to the CIF-SS Division 2A Finals, which will take place at Santiago Canyon College, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Whittier Christian’s starters react after Alison Beattie’s attack sails long, giving the Lady Heralds a 3-1 win and a return trip to the CIF-SS Division 2A Finals, which will take place at Santiago Canyon College, Saturday at 10 a.m.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

Facing its first road match in this year’s playoffs, the Whittier Christian volleyball team overcame a raucous gym and a first-set loss to earn a spot in the CIF-SS Division 2A finals for a third consecutive season after defeating Troy 3-1, Tuesday night at Troy High.

Whittier Christian will face off against Mayfield High in the CIF-SS Division 2A Championship match at Santiago Canyon College, Saturday at 10 a.m.

After suffering their first set loss in the playoffs, the Lady Heralds remained calm and kept pressing to a 19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 victory.

Senior outside hitter Kylee Wolfe was dominant in the first three sets and led all hitters with 27 kills while Jennifer Washle finished with 46 assists.

“I talked with them about consistency tonight,” said Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian head coach. “Troy played phenomenally all night long, especially in Game 1. I just put it toward consistency to keep plugging away and resetting ourselves. It was a great win, it was a lot of fun.”

Once again, Whittier Christian (31-6) tried multiple angles to score points, but ultimately Wolfe and Deanna Blaine were relied upon to try and finish off opportunities.

Blaine added 13 kills for the Lady Heralds.

Whittier Christian also kept some of Troy’s biggest hitters in check. Middle blocker Lauren Jackson was held to four kills and outside hitter Alison Beattie finished with seven kills, four of which came in the first set.

Senior outside hitter Kayla Chapman led the Lady Warriors with 15 kills, while setter Julie Kim finished with 35 assists.

While Whittier Christian’s offense worked well in the first set, the Lady Heralds were also plagued by hitting errors early.

Deanna Blaine fires an attack that splits Troy's Samantha Huang and Julie Kim during the Lady Heralds' 3-1 win, Tuesday night at Troy High.

Deanna Blaine fires an attack that splits Troy’s Samantha Huang and Julie Kim during the Lady Heralds’ 3-1 win, Tuesday night at Troy High.

However, the set remained close until Troy (32-5) pulled away late with a 5-0 run that included three errors by Whittier Christian.

“In the first set, we were pretty tense because of the crowd and because it’s CIF,” Washle said. “Once we relaxed and played our game, it went a lot smoother.”

The Lady Heralds regrouped in the second set and jumped to a 9-3 lead behind both outside hitters.

The momentum further swung in Whittier Christian’s favor when Washle finished a long volley by tipping the ball over the net to make the score 18-12.

“Our coach is really good at conditioning us,” Washle said. “I think that really paid off, in the long rallies, the hitters were still able to jump high and I was able to run and get the ball. We were able to keep our energy up, while it looked like they got a little gassed.”

Wolfe tied the match with her seventh kill of the set.

The momentum carried over into a crucial third set, where the Lady Heralds jumped to a 6-2 lead, which included four more kills from Wolfe.

Later in the set, Nicole Santos recorded two consecutive service aces to give Whittier Christian its biggest lead at 19-8.

Whittier Christian libero Nicole Santos makes a diving attempt at an attack by Troy's Alison Beattie. Santos finished the match with a team-high 30 digs.

Whittier Christian libero Nicole Santos makes a diving attempt at an attack by Troy’s Alison Beattie. Santos finished the match with a team-high 30 digs.

“We did the same thing in last year’s semifinals, so I think being reminded of that gave us energy after the first set,” Wolfe said. “This was really good for the whole team, it gives us confidence going into the finals. This is the best we’ve played in a really long time.”

But behind Chapman, the Lady Warriors wouldn’t go down quietly. The senior outside hitter led a charge with two kills and two aces before Blaine finished the set with a big kill.

The Lady Warriors made an adjustment at the start of the fourth set, finding where Wolfe was going with her attacks.

But with the score tied 16-16 in the fourth set, Whittier Christian scored four consecutive points, three off the right hand of Blaine, to gain separation.

With the Lady Heralds at match point, an attack from Beattie sailed long and the Lady Heralds rushed the court.

“Tonight was phenomenal, just the crowd, the energy, everything was amazing,” Hunter said. “I really think that we showed some resiliency tonight and Troy did too. We just continued to fight.”

The CIF Championship appearance is Whittier Christian’s fifth in the last six years.

This year, the Lady Heralds will try for back-to-back titles when they face Mayfield, a team they defeated in last year’s quarterfinals, 3-1.

“It means a lot to me for these girls to be able to experience this,” Hunter said. “I’m so excited for them to compete for each other, get after it and leave it out on the floor.”

The Whittier Christian girls volleyball team celebrates after defeating Troy 3-1, Tuesday night at Troy High.

The Whittier Christian girls volleyball team celebrates after defeating Troy 3-1, Tuesday night at Troy High.

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Lady Heralds trounce Cypress to reach semifinals

Posted on 16 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

Whittier Christian's Kiana Louie tips a ball past Cypress setter Alina Smith during the first set of the Lady Heralds' 3-0 sweep in the quarterfinals, Saturday night.

Whittier Christian’s Kiana Louie tips a ball past Cypress setter Alina Smith during the first set of the Lady Heralds’ 3-0 sweep in the quarterfinals, Saturday night. Photos by Jay Seidel, La Habra Journal

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian girls’ volleyball team felt little resistance in a 3-0 sweep over Cypress, which sent the Lady Heralds into the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs, Saturday night at Whittier Christian High.

The win puts the Lady Heralds in the semifinals for the sixth consecutive year.

Whittier Christian was dominant from the beginning, thanks to consistent serving, first-ball contacts and its ability to spread the ball on offense.

The Lady Heralds started the match on a 15-2 run and never looked back.

“We wanted to start strong, we knew a lot of the girls on their team,” said Deanna Blaine, Whittier Christian outside hitter. “This was the first game we started with a big run and it was such a huge momentum builder for us.”

Blaine powered the Lady Heralds’ offense with 17 kills and Nicole Santos, the team’s senior libero, returned from a shoulder injury to provide 27 digs in a 25-7, 25-14, 25-12 sweep.

Jennifer Washle tallied 37 assists and Kylee Wolfe added nine kills.

“It was good to be back out with the whole team,” Santos said. “[Cypress] hit pretty well tonight, they mostly hit in seam, but I was able to get to them, so it was pretty fun…. The shoulder feels great.”

Whittier Christian’s strong start made for a quick first set. Wolfe established the outside with two kills early on and Blaine cemented it with four later in the set.

“The biggest thing we had to control was ourselves,” Hunter said. “If we have great first-ball contacts and we serve and pass well, I really think it’s that transition in the entire game of volleyball and I think we did that very well tonight.”

The Lady Centurions regrouped at the start of the second set and tried to establish outside hitter Katie Ashman, who had two early kills.

Cypress outside hitter Katie Ashman attacks the Whittier Christian defense while Meghan Buchanan and Kylee Wolfe jump to block during the third set of the Lady Heralds' 3-0 win, Saturday night.

Cypress outside hitter Katie Ashman attacks the Whittier Christian defense while Meghan Buchanan and Kylee Wolfe jump to block during the third set of the Lady Heralds’ 3-0 win, Saturday night.

However, the Lady Heralds pulled away and eventually built a 20-10 lead

Stephanie Stevenson provided a few swings from the middle in the second set, but when attacks were blocked, Washle set the ball to the outsides to finish off points.

“Both outsides did a great job,” Hunter said. “We had a thought process on what we wanted to do to slow them down with our offense and I think we executed that very well.”

Cypress again challenged the Lady Heralds early in the third set, but with the score tied at 6-6, Whittier Christian began sending the ball to Blaine.

The senior finished with seven big kills in the final set to go with a pair of aces to lead the Lady Heralds (30-6) into the semifinals.

“Each game, I think our offense is getting better,” Blaine said. “We just need to keep the energy up and we’ll continue to do well.”

Ashman and Alyson Utke each had three kills for Cypress (19-11), while Alina Smith tallied 10 assists.

Whittier Christian will be on the road at Troy, which defeated Chadwick 3-1, Tuesday in the semifinals.

Tuesday’s match will mark the third time the two teams have met in the playoffs in the past four years.

“[Cypress] is a good volleyball team, I think the difference was our start, I think it threw them off,” Hunter said. “Whoever we face in the semifinals, we have a history with them. I’m looking forward to playing a really good volleyball team. I think the ball lies in our court, if we can compete to the best of our abilities, that’s all we could ask for.”

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Lady Heralds sweep their way into quarterfinals

Posted on 14 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

Whittier Christian's Jennifer Washle, Jeanne Reinis and Deanna Blaine celebrate a point during the playoffs this week. Washle had 29 assists and Blaine scored eight kills against Burbank, Thursday night.

Whittier Christian’s Jennifer Washle, Jeanne Reinis and Deanna Blaine celebrate a point during the playoffs this week. Washle had 29 assists and Blaine scored eight kills against Burbank, Thursday night.

by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian Heralds’ volleyball team advanced to the third round of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs with a sweep of the Burbank Bulldogs (25-12, 25-19, 25-23).

Before the game even started, the Heralds stole the show. Captain Jennifer Washle and senior Meghan Buchanan sang the National Anthem.

The energy carried over into the start of the match. Whittier Christian came out firing on all cylinders. The other captain, Kylee Wolfe had five of her team-high nine kills in the first game. Washle had 10 assists in the game and added two kills of her own. Deanna Blaine had four of her eight kills in the game, and also added 10 digs.

“I am very happy with the way we came out in the first game,” said Wolfe. “We did not come out with very much intensity last time and we knew we had to today.”

The Heralds continued their good play throughout the whole match, but the Bulldogs stepped up their play and began to put some pressure back on WCHS. The second match was close throughout, and neither team ever led by more than five points.

The third game was even closer. Burbank gave the Heralds all that they could handle. The Bulldogs led for most of the match but the Heralds came back and tied it at 15-15 and never looked back.

Whittier Christian had a 24-23 lead in the third game, when Washle set up Kylie Cooke for the match-clinching kill. Cooke stepped up for the Heralds in the third when Wolfe and Deanna Blaine were on the bench. She had seven kills on the night.

Washle continued her great play from round one and tallied 31 assists for Whittier Christian. She also added two kills and two blocks.

“I thought we played well for the whole game,” Wolfe said. “They also played a good game, and forced us to compete.”

The Heralds were without senior libero, Nicole Santos, for the second consecutive match with a shoulder injury. Sophomore, Molly Patapoff got the start for the second match in a row. However, after the first set she was replaced by fellow sophomore Delaney Harris.

“We just wanted to try some different looks,” said head coach Shawn Hunter. “Nicole is going to go full speed in practice tomorrow and we will see if she is ready to go on Saturday.”

It did not take long for Whittier Christian to figure out what is next for them. Immediately after the game ended, it was announced that they would be hosting Cypress, Saturday, at 7 p.m.

“They are not a team that we have seen this year,” Hunter said. “We do not know too much about them, but the ball falls on our side of the court anyways. We cannot control what they do. All we can do is play our game.”

The match will be the third home match in a row for the Heralds to start the playoffs.

“It is really great that we keep getting home games,” Wolfe said. “Our fans are awesome and it helps a lot to have that advantage.”

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No. 1 Lady Heralds quickly get past Westridge

Posted on 12 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

Deanna Blaine places an attack against Westridge in the first set of Tuesday's 3-0 sweep of the Lady Tigers. Blaine led the team with 11 kills.

Deanna Blaine places an attack against Westridge in the first set of Tuesday’s 3-0 sweep of the Lady Tigers. Blaine led the team with 11 kills.

by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian Lady Heralds’ volleyball team advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-19) victory over the Westridge Lady Tigers, despite having to play without its libero, Nicole Santos, who was out with a shoulder injury.

Sophomore Molly Patapoff was forced to step in and take over the libero spot. She recorded nine digs in the match.

“Nicole brings a whole different dimension to the team when she is out there,” said Whittier Christian head coach Shawn Hunter. “It does not seem like it is anything major. She should be back in time for the second round game.”

Despite the dominating score, the Lady Heralds had some sloppy moments and really felt the effects of not having Santos on the floor.

“It is one of those times where you do not realize how much she means to the team until she is not in there,” said senior captain, Jennifer Washle. “But, Molly stepped in and did an outstanding job. I am so proud of her.”

The dominating offensive performance went through Washle almost every time. She recorded 29 assists and had three service aces. She had at least seven assists in every game.

Whittier Christian sophomore Molly Patapoff had big shoes to fill, playing in place of injured senior Nicole Santos, Tuesday night. Patapoff's defense played a crucial role in a 3-0 sweep of Westridge in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 2A playoffs.

Whittier Christian sophomore Molly Patapoff had big shoes to fill, playing in place of injured senior Nicole Santos, Tuesday night. Patapoff’s defense played a crucial role in a 3-0 sweep of Westridge in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 2A playoffs.

The team’s two senior outside hitters made their presence felt as usual. Deanna Blaine had 11 kills and added four blocks defensively. Kylee Wolfe, the team’s other captain had six kills, and led the team in digs with 10.

The Lady Heralds came out a little sloppy at the beginning of the game, but pulled it together as the game went on. They trailed 13-14 in the first set, but rarely trailed from that point on.

“We came out a little slow today,” Blaine said. “But, all in all, I think we pulled it together and played really well for the most part.”

Now, Whittier Christian will wait and see who they will match up with next Thursday.

“I think we are in a pretty good place heading into that game,” Washle said. “Depending on who we play, we may have to tweak a few things, but I do not think we need to change too much.”

The Lady Heralds are the No. 1 seed in Division 2A and are expected to make a deep run in the playoffs. They know that every game counts though and they need to treat every opponent the same.

“I do not think we need to tell these girls the importance of every game,” Hunter said. “They still come out and give everything they have in practice and should be able to bring that energy into every game.”

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Photo Gallery: Lady Heralds complete undefeated league season

Posted on 07 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

Deanna Blaine launches an attack as Maranatha's Caroline Sommers and Samantha Weiner attempt to block in Whittier Christian's 3-0 sweep, Tuesday night at home.

Deanna Blaine launches an attack as Maranatha’s Caroline Sommers and Samantha Weiner attempt to block in Whittier Christian’s 3-0 sweep, Tuesday night at home.

Photos by Shane Morines
La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian volleyball team completed its fifth consecutive undefeated Olympic League season with a 3-0 sweep against Maranatha at home, Tuesday night.

The Lady Heralds finished the regular season with a 27-6 overall record, with an 8-0 mark in the Olympic League after the 25-20, 25-12, 25-16 win.

Throughout league play, the Lady Heralds lost just one set.

Deanna Blaine led the Lady Heralds’ offense with 14 kills, while fellow outside hitter Kylee Cooke added 13 kills.

Jennifer Washle tallied 37 assists and Nicole Santos led the team with 11 digs.

Freshman Leilia To’omalatai led Maranatha with eight kills.

Whittier Christian, ranked No. 1 by the CIF-SS in Division 2A, should have the top seed heading into the playoffs, which start next week.

Scroll down to check out more photos from Tuesday night’s contest against Maranatha.

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Lady Heralds clinch Olympic League crown with sweep of Valley Christian

Posted on 30 October 2013 by La Habra Journal

Nicole Santos (shown serving against Heritage Christian) tallied three service aces and led the team with 10 digs as the Lady Heralds defeated Valley Christian, 3-0, to earn their sixth consecutive league title.

Nicole Santos (shown serving against Heritage Christian) tallied three service aces and led the team with 10 digs as the Lady Heralds defeated Valley Christian, 3-0, to earn their sixth consecutive league title.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

CERRITOS – In order to clinch the Olympic League championship, the Whittier Christian girls’ volleyball team was faced with the task of facing its biggest league rival, on the road.

However, a quick start and dominant first game propelled the Lady Heralds to their sixth consecutive league championship after a 3-0 sweep over Valley Christian, Wednesday night at Valley Christian.

Whittier Christian (26-7, 7-0) overcame a challenge in the second set before running away with the match 25-10, 25-21, 25-15.

“We were focused on competing to the best of our ability, we actually didn’t even talk about a league championship,” said Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian head coach. “I think the girls knew in the back of their minds where they were at, but our goal was to come in and compete and I think we did a great job of that.”

Deanna Blaine led the Lady Heralds offense with 11 kills and Kylee Wolfe finished with 10 kills. Jennifer Washle facilitated the offensive attack as usual with 34 assists.

However, Washle’s assists didn’t come into play until the second set as Whittier Christian scored points in a variety of ways early.

The first set featured four blocked attacks for points and six service aces to go with Washle’s five assists.

Blaine and Nicole Santos frustrated Valley Christian with two aces each and Blaine recorded three kills.

“Our goal was to get to 10 points before they did and we were able to do that,” Hunter said. “Once we get a quick momentum, this team carries it very well. We wanted to move the ball around and establish our middles. We’ve been working on our blocking and we had great first ball contacts, so it was nice to see that practice come through in a game.”

After the Lady Crusaders recorded the first two points of the match, Whittier Christian put up an 11-1 run to take a commanding early lead.

Whittier Christian tacked on a 9-1 run late and cruised to a 1-0 match lead.

The Lady Heralds again jumped out in the second thanks to Washle’s distribution of the ball. Blaine, Wolfe and Kylie Cooke combined for 15 kills in the set.

However, Valley Christian (19-8, 4-4) began to gain momentum and pull back thanks to a handful of Whittier Christian hitting errors.

The Lady Crusaders reduced the deficit to two points at 21-19 before Whittier Christian regained its composure and ended the set on a pair of kills by Wolfe.

“I love that we had to compete and try to win a close game,” Hunter said. “We have to be used to this type of environment.”

With the third set tied at 5-5, Washle served the Lady Heralds to seven straight points to break the game open. The senior setter recorded three aces.

As the set continued, the outside hitting of Wolfe was too strong for the Lady Crusaders. Jeanne Reinis stepped in with a pair of kills and an ace late in the set and the Lady Heralds celebrated shortly thereafter.

Alexyss Nelson tallied 14 assists for host Valley Christian. Middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain led the Lady Crusaders with five kills.

Whittier Christian remains undefeated in Olympic League play with one final league match next Tuesday against Maranatha at home.

“I was happy with the way we competed in this environment because we’ll need this experience during playoffs,” Hunter said. “I thought it was great that the girls were able to deal with that noise and a big crowd and still compete well.”

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Slow start serves as wake-up call in Lady Heralds win

Posted on 26 October 2013 by La Habra Journal

Senior outside hitter Kylee Wolfe tips a ball over the net in Whittier Christian's 3-1 win over Heritage Christian, Thursday night.

Senior outside hitter Kylee Wolfe tips a ball over the net in Whittier Christian’s 3-1 win over Heritage Christian, Thursday night.

by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal

The Whittier Christian Lady Heralds volleyball team survived an early scare to pick up a 3-1 (23-25, 15-8, 25-10, 25-21) Olympic League win over Heritage Christian, Thursday at Whittier Christian.

The Lady Heralds came out with very little energy and the Lady Warriors jumped early. The first game was back and forth and both teams kept it close. Late in the game, however, everything seemed to go Heritage Christian’s way and it picked up a stunning first game win.

“We came out with no energy and they capitalized. They were ready to play,” said senior captain Kylee Wolfe. “Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call going forward for us.”

There is no telling what will happen going forward, but it lit a fire under Whittier Christian for the rest of the match. The next three games were not even close.

The Lady Heralds offense began to open up, as setter Jennifer Washle managed to put the ball right on the spot for outside hitters Wolfe and Deanna Blaine.

Whittier Christian outside hitter Deanna Blaine attacks the net in Whittier Christian's 3-1 win over Heritage Christian, Thursday night.

Whittier Christian outside hitter Deanna Blaine attacks the net in Whittier Christian’s 3-1 win over Heritage Christian, Thursday night.

Despite not playing for the majority of the last two games, Wolfe finished with 13 kills and Blaine had 12. Washle put up a total of 47 assists in the four games to go along with three kills and five service aces.

The first set was not all a matter of Whittier Christian’s lack of energy. Heritage Christian was able to return and get a lot of blocks on shots by Blaine and Wolfe. They played up when the Lady Heralds played down.

“We definitely need to hand it to them,” Wolfe said. “They made it so we needed to bring the energy, but we just did not.”

The third and fourth games were a good chance for Whittier Christian to get some of their reserve players some time. Stephanie Stevenson and Mandy Sides both contributed with seven kills each.

Even though it was not pretty, the Lady Heralds still picked up a win and remain undefeated in league play. The Heralds are now 6-0 in league play and 25-7 overall. They will travel to Valley Christian next Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

“I definitely would hope that we do not come out the same way that we did tonight,” Wolfe said. “I do not want to lose a game in that match.”

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Santos, Washle serve Whittier Christian to dominant win

Posted on 16 October 2013 by La Habra Journal

WClogoby Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

Through the majority of a tough nonleague schedule, Whittier Christian girls’ volleyball coach Shawn Hunter has wanted to see his team come out of the gate and compete immediately in matches.

On Tuesday night, the coach got his wish in a rivalry game no less, as Whittier Christian put forth a dominant effort, sweeping Valley Christian at home 25-7, 25-15, 25-9.

“We got excited to play Valley tonight, it’s always fun to play a good rival,” said Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian head coach. “Excitement is great, but we still had to compete, they’re two totally different things, but the girls did a great job channeling both of those tonight.”

Serving and first-ball contacts were perhaps more a contributing factor for the Lady Heralds than the usual big kills as the Lady Crusaders struggled on returns, while Whittier Christian’s back line handled nearly everything thrown its way.

Kylie Cooke led the way for the Lady Heralds with nine kills. Deanna Blaine added eight kills while Jennifer Washle handed out 31 assists.

Kylee Wolfe, still nursing a nagging shoulder injury, played only the third set on the back line. She finished with eight digs in the set.

The Lady Heralds’ defense held another big middle blocker, Valley Christian’s 6-foot-2 Amanda Chamberlain, from having a big part in the match.

“I think the biggest thing is that in practice, we’re going against our own outsides,” Hunter said. “So they’re used to someone thundering the ball down at them, I think it creates an opportunity to create great blocking and defense.”

Whittier Christian (21-6-1, 3-0) took control from the outset and Nicole Santos set the tone with two early aces as the Lady Heralds won the first four points.

Then, with the Lady Heralds leading 9-4, Washle held serve as Whittier Christian went on a 10-0 run en route to a dominant first set win.

The Lady Heralds were a perfect 7-for-7 on sideouts in the set.

The Lady Crusaders (17-6-1, 2-2) found their legs a bit in the second set, but Blaine was there to take charge for Whittier Christian.

The senior outside hitter helped the Lady Heralds to their first four points of the set, while Valley Christian stayed with them thanks to a couple serving errors.

However, with Santos serving again, Whittier Christian gained some separation with a 6-0 run. Valley Christian would respond with their own 6-1 run to pull within one point at 11-10.

“We’ve been working on serving and will continue to do so,” Hunter said. “It’s an element that helps you control the tempo, the pace, you can take your opponent out of system, there’s a lot of things you can do with good serving. They did a phenomenal job, keeping a great tempo and not trying to do too much.”

Alexyss Nelson tallied six assists in the set for the Lady Crusaders and Karly Dantuma’s three kills were key in keeping the set close early.

Washle ended the run by throwing Valley Christian off balance when she tipped the ball over the net instead of passing.

From there, the Lady Heralds spread the offense again as Washle hit five different hitters en route to another big set win.

The third set looked much like the first for Whittier Christian. Despite dropping the first two points, the Lady Heralds came back with a 12-0 run to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 16-2 lead.

About half of those points were awarded due to Valley Christian errors. Once again, Santos was serving for the Lady Heralds.

When it was Washle’s turn to serve, the Lady Heralds nearly ended the match. A 10-0 run put Whittier Christian at match point, 24-5.

In that run, Washle also added four assists to Cooke, Megan Kleber and sophomore Mandy Sides.

After a couple miscues, the Heralds put the match away on a kill by Kylie Cooke.

“I think our sideout percentages were very high, which means we passed extremely well,” Hunter said. “It was good to see us pass and run a very quick offense.”

Nelson finished with 11 assists for the Lady Crusaders and Dantuma recorded five kills. Chamberlain finished with four kills.

Santos led the defensive effort with 17 digs, Wolfe added eight and Washle finished with seven for Whittier Christian.

The Lady Heralds play Maranatha on the road, Thursday night.

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