Vallecitos School girls second, boys third in Pauma Volleyball Tournament

Members of the Vallecitos girls’ volleyball team proudly show off the trophy they earned for placing second at the Pauma Volleyball Tournament. In the back row are Jade Anicete, Kelsey Rossi, Julia Rossi, Jessica Bernardino, Tiffany Hernandez, Anahi Bernardino, and Violeta Nieto. In the front row are Berenice Yanez, Yamilee Rico, Jennifer Diaz and Valentina Diaz.

Nine boys and nine girls from Vallecitos School traveled to Pauma School Oct. 12 for the Pauma Volleyball Tournament which concluded with the Vallecitos girls taking second place and the Vallecitos boys earning third place.

“They played very well,” said Vallecitos coach Ray Hanbeck. “They displayed good sportsmanship and overall played well together.”

Vallecitos is one of seven small elementary schools in northern San Diego County and southern Riverside County which participates in tournaments throughout the year. Each school hosts a different sport; Vallecitos will host the soccer tournament Nov. 30 contingent upon favorable weather.

The Pauma Volleyball Tournament began with round-robin pool play which involved one-game matches to 20 points (a team must win by at least two points, so some scores exceeded 20 points). The Vallecitos girls began play with a 20-13 loss to Cottonwood (Aguanga) and a 20-18 loss to Pauma before closing pool competition with a 20-7 win over Borrego.

The playoff rounds were best-of-three matches to 20 points with the third game if necessary being contested to 15 points. Vallecitos began with a two-game win over Julian and a three-game victory over Hamilton (Anza). That put Vallecitos in the girls final against Cottonwood, which won the championship in a two-game match.

Players on the Vallecitos boys’ volleyball team pose with the third place trophy they garnered at the Pauma Volleyball Tournament. In the back row are Armando Yanez, Luis Ruiz, Ivan Franco, James Yahuaca, and Felipe Perez. In the front row are Pedro Madrigal, Jordan Anicete, Christian Posey and Angel Lopez.

The Vallecitos boys lost a 22-20 contest to Cottonwood to start round-robin play. Vallecitos then prevailed in a 20-11 game against Pauma and a 20-5 match against Borrego. Vallecitos faced Borrego again in the first round of the playoff and won by a 20-7 score.

Hamilton’s boys faced the Vallecitos squad in the semifinal. The match went to a third game, and Hamilton’s 15-13 win in that game sent Vallecitos to the third-place match against Cottonwood. The third-place match was one game, and Vallecitos obtained a 20-18 victory.

Hanbeck coaches both the boys and the girls during practice, although Chris Smiley coached the girls for the Pauma Volleyball Tournament. The Vallecitos girls’ team consisted of four eighth-graders, three seventh-graders, and two sixth-graders. The Vallecitos boys’ team was comprised of five eighth-graders, two seventh-graders, one fifth-grader, and one fourth-grader.

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