Lady Vikings burned by Lady Demons

Center High School’s Ximena Miranda (11) serves up an ace to begin the Lady Vikings’ match against Buena Vista Thursday at the CHS gym. Center lost to the Lady Demons in three sets (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

CENTER – The Center High School volleyball team was defeated by Buena Vista Thursday at the CHS gym.

The Lady Demons swept the match in three sets. The scores were 25-19, 25-14 and 25-14.

The Lady Vikings scored the first point of the first set on a service ace by Ximena Miranda. Then Buena Vista scored seven straight points for a 7-1 lead.

Center scored two straight points, but Buena Vista scored three in a row for a 10-3 advantage.

The Lady Vikings then got hot and went on a 6-1 run to reduce their deficit to 11-9. The Lady Demons, however, scored three consecutive points to increase their lead to 14-9.

Center scored four of the next five points to pull within 15-13. But Buena Vista went on a 9-4 run to expand the margin to 24-17.

The Lady Vikings closed to within 24-19, but the Lady Demons scored the final point to win the first set 25-19.

Buena Vista opened the second set by scoring the first two points, but Center scored three straight points to take a 3-2 edge.

The Lady Demons regained the lead at 4-3, however, the Lady Vikings went on a 3-1 run for a 6-5 lead.

Buena Vista answered by scoring the next three points.

The teams then exchanged sideouts before the Lady Demons closed out the set with a 10-2 rally to take a 25-14 victory.

Buena Vista again took a 2-0 lead to begin the third set. It then gradually built upon the lead and had an 18-6 advantage.

Center attempted a comeback as it closed to within 23-14. The Lady Demons, however, scored the final two points to win the set and match 25-14.

Miranda had six assists to lead the Lady Vikings and Arazeliz Garcia had five. They both had one service ace.

Center (3-5, 0-2 Southern Peaks League) will travel to Salida on Sept. 21. The first match begins at 4:30 p.m.