first_img Mountain View’s Liz Marquez ended the game when she served into the net, stopping a furious rally that had brought the Vikings within two points of the Eagles. “I guess they would be the toughest team in league,” said Gabrielino middle hitter Annie Kim of Mountain View (12-4, 5-0). “But that’s been our problem with most teams, we haven’t been able to close out anybody. We still don’t know how to kill teams.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kim did her part early, collecting three of her game-high four blocks in a second game victory that seemed a bit too easy. Despite being down, the Vikings played tough in the third frame and utilized an 8-3 rally to steal game three, 26-24. Just as it seemed the Eagles were about to close out game four after three consecutive Kelsey Duling kills, the Vikings made one last gasp effort. Down 24-19, Mountain View scored three consecutive points before folding. “We just started to pick it up in game three and four, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Mountain View coach Geodi Sunabe said. “I don’t know why we started out so slow.” In the first two games, Gabrielino (12-4, 5-0) seemed unbeatable. The Eagles balanced attack was led by a foursome of scorers. Sophomore Marcella Thompkins and Kim both led Gabrielino with nine kills as juniors Maricris Lapaix and Duling were right behind with eight kills. “That’s one of our strengths,” Eagles coach Cuong Chau said. “We have a balanced offense that is not led by one individual, it’s a team effort all around.” The Vikings, on the other hand, were paced by captain Mayra Duenas. The junior led Mountain View with 10 kills and 36 digs. “We just didn’t seem to have our heads in the game early,” Duenas said. “We didn’t focus until we were down big. By then, it’s too late.” Vikings’ junior setter Kristina Davis contributed with a game-best 32 assists. For the Eagles, Kathleen Van led the team with 21 assists while Lapaix also chipped in 17 digs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN GABRIEL — As they won their 14th consecutive Mission Valley League match Wednesday afternoon at home, there was a sense of relief for the Gabrielino High School girls volleyball team. After coasting to an early 2-0 lead, the Eagles needed a strong effort to put away a scrappy Mountain View team 25-10, 25-16, 24-26 and 25-22. last_img

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