Harvard dominates last home triangular

 Harvard won both matches at the home-hosted triangular Tuesday, Oct. 24 against Silver Lake and Heartland Lutheran. 

Harvard defeated Silver Lake every time the teams have faced each other this season. Harvard took Tuesdayís match with identical sets of 25-18. 

"We had a feeling Silver Lake was going to come out strong and want to get a win," Head Coach Kevin Medrano said. "They did come out strong and gave us a run for our money. I told my girls to play smart and limit the unnecessary mistakes." 

Junior Breonna Julich led the team with seven kills; freshman Morgan Juranek followed with four toward the team's 16 total. Sophomore Miki Jones handed out 10 of the team's 16 set assists. Freshman Michell Rodriguez earned four set assists. 

A constant serving powerhouse for the Cardinals, senior Shyanne Porter earned six ace serves in the two sets. 

Freshman Ashley Nierman accounted for 18 of the teamís 54 digs. Jones and Porter earned double-digit digs with 12 and 10, respectively. 

In the second match, Heartland Lutheran lost in two sets, 25-16 and 25-23. 

"Against Heartland Lutheran, we knew we had a job to do and that was to get revenge on the loss earlier in the season," Medrano said. "I think we beat ourselves the first time we played them. We werenít playing our best volleyball then. Before our games Tuesday we, as a team, made goals and one of them was to beat both teams. It was a great feeling!"

Porter shined in the win against the Red Hornets, leading or co-leading the team in kills, ace serves, blocks and digs. She marked seven kills, three ace serves, one block and six digs. 

Jones combined with Porter for the teamís one block in the match, and Julich and Nierman shared the lead spot in digs with six each. Junior Jayleesa Wilkerson dished out 11 of the teamís 20 set assists. 

Senior Adi Ramirez and Porter played in their last home game of the season with the win against Heartland Lutheran. Ramirez marked three kills, two ace serves and one dig in the match. 

"Shyanne Porter was a four-year starter, four-year letterwinner and led our team in kills, blocks and aces," Medrano said. "I started coaching Shyanne when she was a sophomore. She definitely improved over the years and has left her mark. She always came into practice willing to work hard and willing to get better. 

"Adi Ramirez joined her junior year. She, being my cousin and goddaughter, knew I was going to push her to be a better volleyball player. She was a great leader and she understood the importance of the team over the individual. She always came in ready to learn and work hard. She was a two-year starter and two-year letterwinner."

The Cardinals completed their regular season with the wins Tuesday; sub-district play will begin Monday, Oct. 30 at Centennial. Sub-district pairings will be announced Thursday, Oct. 26.

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