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Canyon girls volleyball tops Dana Hills in thrilling five-set match to grab spot in CIF-SS semifinals

ANAHEIM — The Canyon and Dana Hills girls volleyball teams were both looking to take one step closer to making program history on Wednesday night.

In the end, Canyon prevailed in yet another five-set match, defeating Dana Hills, 25-11, 18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13, in the CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinals at Canyon High.

The Comanches (21-4) will face No. 1 seed Beckman on the road in the semifinals Saturday, and are now one win away from their first CIF-SS finals appearance in program history.

FINAL

Canyon wins a thriller over Dana Hills, 25-11, 18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13. The Comanches will be at Beckman on Saturday for the semis.@ocvarsity @ComancheSports pic.twitter.com/Koxi3LpHHS

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) October 26, 2023

Canyon coach Matt Silva, who is also in charge of the boys team at the school, is in his second year at the helm of the girls team.

Silva was unsure how his team would respond in the fourth set after taking the opening set and dropping the next two, falling behind 2-1 in the match.

“After set three I didn’t know if we were going to pull it off, but we got (set) four and built a little momentum late in (set) five and now, we are all happy,” Silva said gleefully.

Rowan Dillard had a team-high 11 kills for Canyon, Sydney Valentine added 10 kills and Annie Singelyn finished with nine kills.

It’s going to 5!
Canyon takes set 4 from Dana Hills 25-23.@ocvarsity pic.twitter.com/t0KhTFuVql

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) October 26, 2023

The attack for Dana Hills (22-5) was led by Kaity Hoelker, Ava Hoff and Reese Weinert.

Silva was thankful his team made enough adjustments in the final two sets to slow down Weinert’s impact up the middle.

“Their middle, Reese, was just absolutely fantastic, and then she switched from hitting to tipping and then she went back to hitting, and we couldn’t get a beat on her at all,” Silva said, “but I felt the girls did a good job. My opposite, Annie Singelyn, blocking late in set four on the outside helped us get touch blocks, which was key for us.”

Middle blocker Nikki Monfared had nine blocks and six kills for Canyon. The junior middle blocker was a fixture at the net.

Giselle Haugen contributed with four blocks and three kills.

“Nikki was huge and Giselle Haugen, absolutely, had some huge blocks late in sets four and five, but I think the big thing with this team is it’s a collective group,” Silva said. “We play teams that have one or two girls that can bring it, but I feel I have seven, eight, nine girls even on the sidelines that are contributing and helping us out. That’s been the difference so far.”

Both teams won five-set matches in the second round of the playoffs with Canyon beating Roosevelt and the Dolphins defeating Redlands.

The Comanches will face Beckman on Saturday with a trip to the finals on the line.

“They’re a great team, so we gotta get back into the film room and try to prepare as much as possible,” Silva said.



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