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NORCAL VOLLEYBALL: NO. 4 DELTA 3, NO. 13 SOLANO 0
Delta packs a punch
Delta’s Kaitlin Drake, left, and Jackie Ahloo execute a block on Solano’s Gabrielle Silva during Tuesday’s match.Calixtro Romias/The Record
By Kevin Niendorf
November 27, 2013
STOCKTON - Delta College's potent offense couldn't be stopped on Tuesday.
Sophomore Lauren Kissell had a team-high 19 kills and the No. 4-seeded Mustangs swept No. 13 Solano 25-11, 25-17, 25-11 in the first round of the NorCal Regional volleyball playoffs at Marcopulous Gymnasium.
Delta dominated, with 41 kills, compared to 14 by the Falcons.
And that, according to coach Molly Mordaunt, made all the difference.
"If our passing's there, we're able to play in-system, and essentially set any hitter on the court," Mordaunt said. "And, with the hitters that we have, we can be pretty unstoppable."
The Mustangs will stay at home for Saturday's second-round match against the winner of Tuesday's match between No. 5 Foothill and No. 12 Taft.
Kissell, a recent all-state selection, had two blocks, 10 digs and a point off her foot - of all things - to go with her kills. She laughed as she recalled how the Mustangs (20-5) earned their first point of the third game when she alertly kicked the ball over the net.
"I did that once during my freshman year at Fullerton," Kissell said. "That moment flashed through my mind. But I was just as astonished as everyone else."
Solano (21-4) had a 2-0 lead in the first game before Delta went on a 9-0 run. The Mustangs scored nine of the final 11 points for the win. Jackie Ahloo had three kills over that 9-2 run, and Kaitlin Drake contributed one of her six kills. Drake finished with three blocks, five digs and three aces.
Nicole Bianchi had 16 digs for Delta and Shaylynn Beam had 36 assists, five digs, a kill and an ace.
In the second game, Delta snapped a 10-10 tie with a 6-1 run en route to the win. In the third game, the Mustangs raced out to an 18-8 lead and finished the sweep.
"(The kills) just show we have a really impressive offense," Kissell said. "We're blessed with a big front line and we take advantage of it. It feels good to see how far we've come."
Falcons coach Darla Williams said battling the Mustangs at the net was a tall task.
"I knew they had a big hitter," Williams said. "There was no way we could stop that. We didn't face that in our conference. I wasn't happy from the beginning with our warm-ups. It could have been intimidation; we have a lot of freshmen."
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