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Husky volleyballers on a roll after strong Cal City Tourney

September 24, 2013

Coach John Morris, front row kneeling, and the Mammoth Husky Volleyball team open league play Sept. 27 at home after a strong showing in the Cal City Tournament Sept. 21-21. Photo/Submitted

To hear coach John Morris tell it, the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team is fired up and ready to go.

Following a third-place finish last weekend’s Cal City Tournament, the Huskies begin High Desert League play on Friday, Sept. 27 against Desert at 4 p.m. and Desert Christian on Saturday at noon.

Both matches will be in the MHS gym.

The team, Morris said, is on a nice roll, following its fourth-place at the Mammoth Invitational on Sept. 13-14 with a third-place finish at Cal City on Sept. 20-21.

“This was an amazing result for our team, ” he said Mammoth has never made it to the gold bracket on Saturday or even been in the Top 10 at Cal City. To place third is a huge accomplishment."

The Huskies got off to a slow start in Friday's pool play splitting their first two games with Silver Valley.

The Huskies redeemed themselves by splitting with Frazier Mountain, the perennial tournament champion.

"As we walked out of the gym after the Frazier game,” Morris said, "other teams and coaches were giving us high fives. We had no idea that was the first game they had ever lost in the tournament!"

The Huskies completed Friday's pool play by sweeping Eastside in 2 games. The 4-2 record was strong enough to put Mammoth in the "gold" (top) tournament on Saturday as the fifth seed overall out of 24 teams.

The Huskies faced a strong Desert team in their first match on Saturday, beating the newest Desert Mountain League team in three games, 25-15, 22-25 and 15-10.

Mammoth then lost a tough semi-final match to eventual tournament champion Bishop, 25-16, 25-23.

"Bishop is very strong this year and we came out pretty flat,” Morris said. “We did rebound well in Game 2 and made a match out of it.”

Mammoth faced Palmdale for the consolation match and easily defeated the Falcons 25-10, 25-12 to take home the third place trophy.

Senior setter Cassidy Morris led the Huskies with 80 assists, senior middle hitter Kelly Berger had 29 kills and junior middle hitter Amanda Kirkeby finished with seven service aces for the tournament.

"We are really jelling as a team, and just at the right time", said Morris.

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