It was a phenomenal season for Liberty Ranch volleyball, winning league for the first time with a perfect 10-0 league season. They played their first playoff game against Ben Holt Academy and won in three sets, 25-12,25-15,25-23.

The second playoff game was against Lodi Central Catholic, and the Hawks didn’t sync as well as they usually do and lost in three sets 26-24, 25-18, 25-15.

Head Coach Mark Snow was insightful in his game comments.

“The playoffs went well,” said Snow. “Obviously in the first round, we played a team that wasn’t at our caliber. We took care of business. We struggled a little bit in the third set, but came out on top.  Unfortunately, we lost in the second round. I don’t think that team was better than us; we had too many unforced errors. Our big two didn’t play as well as they have in the past, that being Paityn Snow and Rachel Smith. Rachel averaged 5-8 blocks a match and she only had one in that match, and that’s a big deal when you put your defense in that kind of situation. I give credit to Central Catholic. They probably played one of their best matches leading up. They started playing well going into the playoffs, and that’s what you need to do.”

The season ended with Paityn Snow being fifth in kills in the Sac Joaquin, not just in our division, but all the divisions with 357 total. Rachel Smith followed with 291 and freshman Haley Smith had 164.

Rachel Smith’s hitting percentage was fourth in the section at .408. Smith also led in blocks with 98, followed by Mady Truelock with 47 and Abigelle Buchanan with 23.

Italian exchange student Sara Carotti was fifth in the section with 729 assists.

Carlie McCormick had the most digs with 295, followed by Paityn Snow with 256 and Haley Smith with 163.

McCormick also had the most receptions with 415, followed by Snow with 368 and Haley Smith with 311.

Snow also led with 92 serving aces, followed by Haley Smith with 59 and Rachel Smith with 54.

There were a few tears and hugs as the playoffs ended for this team, but with the first solo league title for Liberty Ranch, these ladies will have something to cherish for the rest of their lives.