Mayfield sweeps season series with Westridge

PASADENA - For the 12th consecutive match and sixth straight year, ownership of the intracity girls' volleyball rivalry between Mayfield Senior School and Westridge School went the way of the Cubs.

That's because the Cubs again flexed their muscles and cleared some space near the top of the Prep League standings via a 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 league victory at Westridge on Tuesday night.

With the win, Mayfield (12-3 overall, 7-1 in league) not only swept the season series, but remained a game behind two-time defending league champion Chadwick (10-2, 6-0) in the loss column.

Westridge (10-6, 3-3) dropped to fourth place in league behind Webb (12-4, 4-3) and tied with surging Poly (10-6, 3-3).

"I think we did really well tonight because we were able to spread our offense equally and execute the game plan we had," Mayfield first-year Coach Jon Basilio said. "We weren't just out there against Westridge, but we created competitions within competitions to make sure we were getting the points we needed to get."

Mayfield's balanced attack included four players registering five or more kills, while eight players tallied at least one point.

The Cubs were best challenged in the first game as Westridge opened by scoring four of the first six points and trailed only 10-8 after an attacking error from Mayfield.

Yet, it was at that two-point differential where the Cubs erupted from a momentum-swinging 9-1 run that included two kills from opposite hitter Natalie Johnson, a converted libero, with additional kills from Maggie Dunn and Lauren Baxter and two aces from Josie Luck.

When a service error finally broke Mayfield's surge, the Cubs had taken control of the game and led, 19-10.

"We work really well together as a team and get the job done," said Johnson, who finished with six kills and 13 digs. "We just focused today and finished."

In the second game, Westridge was only down, 8-6, after a thunderous spike from sophomore middle blocker Natalie Martinez.

However, in a similar fashion to the first game, the Cubs mounted another devastating mid-game run, this an 11-4 spurt behind a pair of kills from Dunn and an impressive kill from freshman call-up Madison Forrest in jumping ahead, 19-11.

While Westridge fought back and climbed within 22-16 on four kills from junior outside hitter Carmen Costa, the Cubs closed out the match with three straight points.

The competitiveness of the first two games did not carry over into a third game as Mayfield raced to a 10-2 advantage and never looked back.

"We had our senior week last week where the seniors weren't here and didn't practice and we looked like a team that wasn't ready to play," Westridge Coach Otto Lacayo said. "Our serve-receive was terrible, we didn't set well. There's just not much to say about our play."

Despite the loss, Costa led all scorers with 13 kills and one block.

As for Mayfield, Luck added five kills and 15 digs, Baxter totaled seven kills and three aces, setter Madeline Watkins contributed 15 assists and two aces, Dunn tallied a team-best eight kills and 13 digs and Bela Garcia added three aces.