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Calexico High School’s Alexis Fernandez goes up for a spike during a nonleague match against Central Union High at Varner Gym in Calexico on Tuesday, Sept. 14. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

VOLLEYBALL: Bulldogs Spike Central, Vincent

CALEXICO — The Calexico High School volleyball team improved its record to 12-3 on the season with victories over Central Union High and Vincent Memorial Catholic as the Bulldogs prepare for the Imperial Valley League.

Players from the Calexico High School volleyball team celebrate a point during a nonleague match against Central Union High at Varner Gym in Calexico on Tuesday, Sept. 14. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

Calexico hosted the Spartans on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and walked away with the 3-1 win, 25-4, 25-12, 23-25, 25-9. Yady Zavala had a big night for the Bulldogs with 14 kills, two blocks and 18 digs. Senior Liah Valdez had eight kills and 10 digs while setter Mia Ramirez led the way with 17 assists.

“These are good matches to kind of figure things out and get our placement and rotations down,” said Humberto Sierra, Calexico’s first-year head coach. “IVL is going to be very tough. There are some very good teams and we are going to have to be at our best.”

On Thursday, Sept. 16, Calexico defeated Vincent Memorial Catholic High of Calexico, 25-11, 25-6, 25-8. The Bulldogs broke open a close game midway through the first set, then used the powerful serve of Zavala to win the second set.

The dominant net play of Brianna Sanchez helped lead Calexico to a victory in the third set. Perla Lomeli finished the match with seven kills, seven aces and 12 digs with Zavala finishing with six kills, five digs and six serving aces.

The IVL season kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 21, when the Bulldogs host Brawley Union at 6 p.m. inside Varner Gym on the Calexico campus. The IVL is comprised of Calexico, Brawley, Imperial, Southwest and Holtville.

The other local league is the Desert League, which is made up of Vincent Memorial, Central, Calipatria and Palo Verde Valley of Blythe.

The Bulldogs have a nonleague matchup on Thursday, Sept. 23, when they host Cibola of Yuma at 6 p.m. in Varner Gym.

Calexico High School senior Liah Valdez gets ready for a spike during a nonleague match against Central Union High at Varner Gym in Calexico on Tuesday, Sept. 14. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO
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