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Viking beach celebrates sophomores with wins over Cabrillo and De Anza

Sun Apr 23, 2023
Tristin Sahlie blocks Cabrillo's Emma Martin for match point

Tristin Sahlie blocks Cabrillo's Emma Martin for match point

There are few better ways to celebrate beach volleyball Sophomore Day than with a pair of wins over West Valley's top rivals. The Vikings completed that task Friday with a 5-0 sweep of De Anza and a stirring 3-2 reverse-sweep victory over previously unbeated Cabrillo. The twin wins extended WVC's Coast Conference winning streak to seven and clinched third place in the ultra-competitive Coast. West Valley (12-9, 11-3 Coast) now head to the postseason, biginning with Friday's (4/28) Coast pairs Tournament at Main Beach in Santa Cruz.

The Vikings honored six sophomores - Gabrielle Carbonel, Devin Derecho, Kiana Manson, Flor Porras and Tristin Sahlie - after the De Anza match.

Friday's opener against Cabrillo between two of the state's top teams had a little bit of everything. The first flight went to the Seahawks, as Viking 2's Devin Derecho/Sydney Rogers fell to Alana Patyk-Randa/Lindsay Heller and the WVC 4's Gabrielle Carbonel/Maggie Carroll lost to Kelea Saxton/Paola Jacobs to give Cabrillo (16-3, 11-1) a 2-0 lead heading to flight two.

West Valley tied it at 2-2 on sweeps by 1's Flor Porras/Kiana Manson and 5's Amelie Moya/Sydney Pista. All eyes turned to court two where West Valley's Tristin Sahlie and Taylor Vales were battling Emma Martin and Lila Wright. Sahlie/Vales took set one 21-14 and fell 21-17 in the second to set up a climactic set three that would determine not just the 3's, but the team match. Sahlie/Vales rallied from a 9-6 deficit to win - on a Sahlie block of a Martin attempt - the clincher 15-11 and give the Vikings a 3-2 match win.

There was no letdown for the Vikings against De Anza (4-14, 3-11) as they swept four of the five matches with the Mountain Lions.

Complete WVC/Cabrillo scores:

1's: Flor Porras/Kiana Manson (WVC) defeat Erin Eschleman/Natalie Taggart (CAB) 21-16, 21-18

2's: Alana Patyk-Randa/Lindsay Heller (CAB) defeat Devin Derecho/Sydney Rogers (WVC) 21-14, 21-4

3's: Taylor Vales/Tristin Sahlie (WVC) defeat Emma Martin/Lila Wright (CAB) 21-14, 17-21, 15-11

4's: Kalea Saxton/Paola Jacobs (CAB) defeat Gabrielle Carbonel/Maggie Carroll (WVC) 21-13, 21-16

5's: Amelie Moya/Sydney Pista (WVC) defeat Renee Parker/Bibi Bartlett (CAB) 21-5, 21-12

Complete WVC/De Anza scores:

1's: Flor Porras/Kiana Manson (WVC) defeat Asia Truong/Kayla Mendoza (DA) 21-14, 21-12

2's: Devin Derecho/Sydney Rogersw (WVC) defeat Frankie Padilla/Rachel Walkup (DA) 21-10, 21-15

3's: Taylor Vales/Tristin Sahlie (WVC) defeat Sofie Cox/Karina Mota (DA) 21-11, 21-13

4's: Gabrielle Carbonel/Maggie Carroll (WVC) defeat Molly Crosby/Janelle Langarica (DA) 21-9, 19-21, 15-8

5's: Amelie Moya/Sydney Pista (WVC) defeat Yaremi Perez/Tristen Jozefowicz (DA) 21-16, 21-13