Girls Volleyball: La Serna clinches Del Rio League title

By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER — La Serna High School has been the dominant girls volleyball team in the Del Rio League in recent seasons, and that trend is continuing this season.
Isabelle von Lockner had 14 kills and Laura Butler had nine as the Lancers clinched the league title with a 25-16, 25-17, 15-25, 25-19 victory Tuesday at rival California..
Sierra Silvas had seven kills for La Serna, which improved to 19-5 overall and 8-0 in the Del Rio League. Maya Martinez had 17 kills for the Condors, who slipped to 11-8 and 5-3.
The Lancers, who are 28-0 in league play dating back to 2013, trailed in every set, but came up big down the stretch. They rallied form a 5-3 deficit in the clincher in set four with an 8-3 surge for a 11-8 lead before closing with a 9-3 run to win the match.
Celine Minasian had back-to-back aces for a 20-17 edge before von Lockner followed with consecutive kills to push it to 22-19. Butler closed with two kills to win it, 25-19.
La Serna coach Monique Gayton: “This was one of the loudest (matches) we play. The rivalry is exciting and it’s always exciting for the girls to experience it, because we’ll see it during the playoffs. I started a different lineup for the third (set), which didn’t take well. But other than that, I thought we did great.”
La Serna’s Isabelle von Lockner: “Sometimes our starts are not the best, but as long as our setter is making fast plays, we can usually get back in (the set). I think once the crowd got louder, we kind of got more in our element. We got better from there.”

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