Antonito girls get league win over Sierra Grande

Shandiin Tallman (18) and Alyssa Romero (right) face down an attack from Sierra Grande's Jannelle Aguilar (2)

ANTONITO— On Saturday the Trojans defended home court against the visiting Panthers 3 sets to none.

Last year when these teams met Sierra Grande found the upper hand by a score of 3-1. Coming into this game Antonito has had some success going 6-8 and 2-3 in league play, while Sierra Grande has gone 4-7 and is an even 2-2 in league play.

In the first set Sierra Grande got a good start with 5 points but then they watched Antonito take control and trailed all the way to the match point where the Trojans finished them off despite a strong effort.

Sierra Grande junior Brooke Paine (9) works against Shandiin Tallman in the 3-0 victory for Antonito. Tallman was second on the Trojans with 2 kills and also tallied 3 kills.

The second match was hotly contested with the Panthers leading nearly the whole time. Once Sierra Grande reached 22 Antonito forced a side out and stacked 7 unanswered points to take the second set 25-22.

The Trojans proceeded to outpace Sierra Grande in the 3 set as well posting a 25 to the Panther’s 18 to close out the game 3 to none.
Erykah Tallman was an asset anytime she was near the net getting 7 kills on the attack and 2 solo blocks on the defense leading Antonito in both categories. Yasmine Diego and Shandiin Tallman tied for second on the team with 2 kills apiece.

Antonito's Erykah Tallman prepares to high point the ball as Sierra Grande's Brooklyn Sandoval (7) times her jump for a block attempt in the second set of a Trojan Victory on Friday.

Shandiin also had a strong performance from the service line posting 3 aces on 12 serves. Abby Corona took that title for the Panthers notching 2 aces while 3 of her teammates tied for second with 1 each.

While the ball was in play Jannelle Aguilar was Sierra Grande’s main attacker with 7 kills on 11 attempts.

Sierra Grande plays host this Friday to face third ranked La Veta at 4 p.m. Antonito will also stay home when they welcome the 3-9 Manzanola Bobcots in a match that was rescheduled from September.