Home court advantage, elusive at any level in any sport, was missing for the Mammoth Huskies volleyball team last weekend.
Playing in its own tournament on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, the Huskies fell to fourth place in the Mammoth Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Mammoth High School.
“We were very pleased with the overall level of play at this year’s tournament,” said Mammoth head coach John Morris. “This is probably the strongest group of teams we have ever had.”
Ultimately, the Whittier Cardinals defeated the Bishop Broncos 21-17 and 21-18 in the final match.
The two had battled earlier in the day in the winner’s bracket final with Whittier edging Bishop in a tough, back-and-forth, three-set match.
The Kern Valley Broncs took third place by narrowly defeating the host Mammoth Huskies 21-11, 17-21, 15-11 in another closely contested match.
The tournament began Friday afternoon with two pools of five teams each.
Saturday’s format consisted of a 10-team double elimination tournament seeded based on Friday’s results.
Other teams in the tournament included Rancho Christian (Temecula), Yosemite (Oakhurst), Rosamond, California City and Bishop’s JV.
“Whittier and Bishop were clearly the best two teams in the field,” said Morris.
“Our Varsity played very well for this early in the season, considering that all teams in the tournament are in higher divisions than Mammoth. We were especially proud of our young JV team, who played all varsity teams and took both of their Saturday matches to three games before losing by very close scores.”
Next up for Mammoth is this weekend, when the Huskies travel to California City Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 for the annual Cal City tournament.