There is no question that Los Amigos High girls' volleyball is a team on the rise.
After the Lobos' season ended on a 17-match losing streak last year, there was nowhere to go but up.
Regardless, early results have shown the magnitude of Los Amigos' improvement, as a pair of five-set victories over Buena Park and Santa Ana Valley propelled the Lobos to the No. 7 spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 9 rankings.
Hungry for more, the Lobos took the court Tuesday night looking to exact revenge against Santa Ana Godinez, which won the teams' first meeting in a close contest in the Santa Ana Tournament.
The Lobos took the first set, but Godinez rallied to win the rematch 21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-21.
A key stretch in the third set was the difference. Los Amigos (3-5) held a 17-12 lead, but the Grizzlies roared back. A six-point run was capped by back-to-back kills by Reyna McMorris.
Sabrina Garcia had the game-ending kill as Godinez took a 2-1 lead in the match. The Grizzlies libero provided seven aces and four kills to go with her share of point-extending digs.
From the second set on, it was the Lobos who were under siege. Although their swings were not always on target, the Grizzlies (7-3) were the significantly bigger team.
Reyna and Catherine McMorris had to be worked around in the middle, and others on the court for the Grizzlies were not holding back on their swings. Andrea Sanchez was among them, as she had five kills in the decisive fourth set alone.
Los Amigos won the first set with contributions across the board. Brittney Trujillo and Jessica Sanchez each had four digs and an ace in the game. Evelyn Bella had two assists and two aces, while Jackie Sandoval turned in three digs, a kill, and an ace.
Trujillo gave the Lobos a strong defensive effort, recording 12 digs to go with her two aces. Sanchez finished with seven digs and three aces.