The Palm Springs High School volleyball team finished its first trek through the Desert Valley League landscape with a 5-1 record after topping Cathedral City 3-0 on Tuesday night.
The Indians won 25-8, 25-14, 25-18 and stands alone in second place in the league standings behind only 6-0 Palm Desert.
The Indians were helped by Elena Eckhardt with four kills and two aces, while Ashtyn Lyneis had 10 assists, eight aces and four kills. Hannah Wright added five kills and three blocks.
Palm Springs (5-1) hosts Coachella Valley on Thursday.
Coachella Valley 3, Indio 1: The Arabs edged rival Indio in a hotly contested match, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 27-25.
The win included a rally from 21-11 down in the fourth game to tie it up at 24 before pulling out the victory.
The Arabs were led by Iliana Corona with a season high 13 kills and 36 digs. She also had plenty of help from her teammates as Alma Rodriguez led the defense with 53 digs. Atalee Miranda had a season high 14 assists, Geovanna Meza had three blocks and Danny Demara pitched in with six kills and three aces.
Desert Mirage 3, DHS 0: The Rams swept past the Golden Eagles 25-13, 25-18, 25-8 to set up a big match Thursday night against Shadow hills.
Marisol Ruiz had a big night with 20 kills, 17 digs, seven aces and two blocks. Joanna Garcia had 25 assists and nine digs. Genesis Serrato added seven kills and eight digs, and Daniella Espinoza had three kills, three aces and five digs.
The 6-1 Rams have the best league record in school history through seven games. First place is up for grabs 5 p.m. on Thursday at Desert Mirage against undefeated Shadow Hills.
West Shores 3, Calexico Mission 0: The Wildcats won their 28th straight home contest after beating Calexico Mission 25-15, 25-19, 25-12.
Karina Muneton led the way for the Wildcats (13-1-1, 3-0) had 14 kills to lead the way. Diana Campos had five kills, Alyssa Williams added four kills and Dixie Sutherland had 14 assists. The Wildcats play at Warner Springs on Thursday.
Boys’ water polo
Xavier Prep 11, Cathedral City 4: The Saints took care of the Lions in a DVL tilt.
Kole Dempster, Matt Henry, Brandon Sontz, Tiernan Kelly, Jake Norris, Jackson Castillo and Robert Delgado all found the back of the net for the Saints.
Palm Desert 10, Indio 3: The Aztecs handled the Rajahs for a DVL victory. Dristian Cosgrove led the way offensively with four goals, while Jacob Gilbert added three. Zach Helm had an amazing game in goal making multiple assists and scoring a goal himself. The Aztecs play Palm Springs at home on Thursday.
La Quinta 12, Palm Springs 7: The Blackhawks stayed unbeaten in DVL play with a victory over the Indians. Spencer Lowell and Justin Hop each netted three goals to lead the Blackhawks. Will Alwine added two goals, and Brayden Smith, Todd Becker, Miles Tarsitano and Sammy King all added goals.
La Quinta (13-3, 5-0) plays Xavier Prep at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Palm Desert Swim Center.
Palm Desert 16, Cathedral City 2: The Aztecs kept rolling with a win at Cathedral City.
The Lions earned their two points from the doubles teams of Araceli Martinez-Isela Orozco-Jazmin Munoz and Paola Lopes who each won a set.
Xavier Prep 11, Palm Springs 7: The Saints topped the Indians in a close match as Tiani Jadulang won all three of her sets 6-4, 6-0, 6-0. Julia Way won a pair of singles matches 6-2, 7-6.
In doubles, the Saints were led by the team of Fernanda Gonzalez and Yajaira Castillo (7-6, 6-0, 6-1). Gillian Berg and Lilly Sun won 6-0, 6-0 and Sonja Hiller and Megan McNulty won a set 6-0. Seniors Castillo, Hiller, McNulty, Sun and Courtney Kessler were honored before the match.
La Quinta 12, Coachella Valley 6: The Blackhawks doubles up the Arabs in this DVL match.
In the losing effort, the Arabs had two set wins each by singles players Lupita Barajas (6-3, 6-0), Desiree Cerda (7-6, 6-1) and Evelyn Figueroa (6-0, 7-5).
Rancho Mirage 12, Twentynine Palms 6: The Rattlers improved to 6-1 in the De Anza League. Singles players Tatiana Harvey and Karla Munoz swept their three matches as did the doubles team of Tia Kolytiris and Kyla Eaton. The doubles team of Ava Descalzo and Reyna Sac won both of their sets, and an individual win was posted by Alegra Erickson. Tatiana Harvey remains unbeaten in league play with a 21-0 record.
Palm Desert 207, Coachella Valley 319: The Aztecs bested the Arabs on the par-36 Fire Cliff Course at Desert Willow behind a 37 from match-medalist Lily Rodriguez. The Aztecs’ balanced attack included a 38 from both Madison Rincon and Madison Walker. Sophia Zepeda added a 45 and Jennifer Hanson had a 49.
Coachella Valley was paced by Natalia Gonzalez with a 54. She was followed by Jazmin Huante (59), Vivica Garcia (67), Kimberly Bravo (69) and Kalina Ortega (70).
Palm Desert (14-0, 11-0) hosts La Quinta at Desert Willow on Thursday.
Xavier Prep 258, La Quinta 273: The Saints edged the Blackhawks at the Indian Wells Golf Resort behind a 38 from Vera Markevich. Rhiannan Celaya added a 49 and Mihiri Chandrasena had a 50.
La Quinta was led by Mariah Moon (46), Mykenzie Moyle (55), Jacy Estyeves (56) and a pair of 58s from Jordan Nadler and Jourdan Flynn.
The Blackhawks play at Palm Desert on Thursday. Xavier Prep is off until the DVL Individuals next Tuesday at Marriott Desert Springs.
Xavier at Chino Hills: The undermanned Saints traveled to the Ayala Bulldogs Invitational at Los Serranos Country Club on Monday. Unable to field a full team due to injuries the Saints players were focused on individual efforts. Junior Vera Markevich excelled, with a 2-under par 72 which was good enough for a tie for second place, one shot behind the winner. Zoe Walker, Rhiannon Celaya and Mihiri Chandrasena also participated for the Saints.
Rancho Mirage 303, Shadow Hills 323: The Rattlers edged the Knights on the links. Rancho Mirage was led by Danielle Dumas with the best score of the day at 53. Carol Ann Bartley added a 60.
Palm Valley boys: The Firebirds finished in second place at their leauge meet at Lake Perris. Nick Kaufmann led the team with a time of 20 minutes, 30 seconds. He was followed by brother Oliver Kaufmann (20:43), David Kocen (22:17), Zach Jenkins (25:31) and Jacob Barton (26:15).