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Providence volleyball finally opens league with sweep against Glendale Adventist

Volleyball: Cougars come back late in two of three games, but Pioneers able to hold on to record sweep.

October 09, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

GLENDALE — The Providence High girls' volleyball team has been waiting anxiously for its Liberty League opener.

While all the other teams had already opened league play heading into Wednesday, the Pioneers were still waiting to get their taste of league competition. Providence's opponent, Glendale Adventist Academy, already had three league contests under its belt when the two met for their first meeting of the year.

PHOTOS: Providence vs. Glendale Adventist in Liberty League girls' volleyball

"I don't know why we haven't played any league games up until now," Providence Coach James Jimenez said. "It was just something strange with the scheduling."

The Pioneers made the most of their first league challenge, holding off the Cougars in two of three games to earn a 27-25, 25-15, 26-24 victory at Glendale Adventist.

Providence (10-5, 1-0 in league) received a solid performance from sophomore outside hitter Fabi Jimenez, who had a match-high nine kills to go along with 10 digs.

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"I didn't even know it was a league game until it was finished," said Fabi Jimenez, who is also an accomplished basketball and softball player for the Pioneers. "But it's nice to finally play in a league game … we've been waiting."

The Pioneers also received seven kills from Lorena Ubillus, 31 assists from Jenny Nardoni and 24 digs from Nikka Adraneda.

It was only in the second game that the Pioneers were able to completely outplay the Cougars (5-6, 1-3). In fact, in the second and third games, Glendale Adventist had a chance to come out victorious in both games, but was derailed by unforced errors.

"I didn't think we were completely focused today," Glendale Adventist Coach Gared Luquest said. "But it was just the little things that hurt us today, like the unforced errors. We just made too many unforced errors.

"But we're playing against a team that just doesn't let the ball drop. They are always one of the top teams in the league and when you hit a ball at them you know it's going to come back at you hard."

The Pioneers looked in control early in the match, as they jumped out to a seven-point advantage, 8-1, out of the gate in the first game. Although the Cougars played well midway through the stanza, Providence maintained its cushion, 17-10.

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