Jaguars celebrate volleyball win over rival Orange Glen on Retro Night
April 23, 2013Visitors to the Valley Center varsity boys Volleyball game on Thursday may have wondered if they stumbled onto the set of an episode of Miami Vice.
But despite—or perhaps, because of—the crazy colors, the short shorts and the popped collars, the Jaguars treated the rival Orange Glen Patriots to a volleyball beating that would have made detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs proud, as they won 3–0 with game scores of 25–13, 25–9, 25–15.
According to head coach Alan Dale, the inspiration for Retro Night came from a tradition that comes and goes, mixed with the accidental spotting of some other VCHS uniforms.
"Some of the guys saw those teal shorts from the cross-country team, so we paired it with the white shirts and had our retro uniforms," Coach Dale said. "We used to do a retro night years ago, but we haven't done one in a while. But when they brought it up, we thought it could be fun. With the old music and everything, it makes it fun for everybody. We definitely enjoy it."
The Jaguars had lots of fun on the court as well, rolling to the easy win behind senior Mitchell Rush, who racked up 12 kills, two aces and one block. Daniel DeLeon added ten kills, while CJ Gittleson had six kills, Dylan Fredenburg had three kills and three blocks, Paul Schaner had two kills and four digs, Sean Cutrell had one kill and three blocks and Benjie Schechter had 31 assists.
The Jags also played very well to take third place in the West Coast Challenge Volleyball Tournament at Valhalla High School over the weekend.
Valley Center earned victories over Patrick Henry, San Dieguito Academy, Grossmont, Torrey Pines, and St. Augustine before running out of gas and falling in the semifinals to the same Grossmont team the Jags beat earlier in the tournament. Among the stellar play, Rush was named to the All-Tournament team.
"I'm proud of our team, but it feels strange knowing that we beat both teams that played in the championship," Coach Dale said.
The Jaguars improved their record to 19–9 after the tournament and they have four games left in the regular season.
They have already played at San Pasqual on Tuesday, then they play at Escondido on Thursday before wrapping up the regular season with two home games—against Ramona next Tuesday and against Del Norte next Thursday. All games are scheduled for 4:45 p.m.