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The two Sedona middle schools played a pair of high-energy volleyball matches this week, kicking off the fall sports season in the city.

The Big Park Coyotes and West Sedona Wildcats matched up their “A” and “B” teams at the High Desert Arena in West Sedona on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and the verdict was a draw — good news for Sedona Red Rock High School, which will be the benefactor of a lot of talented athletes in the coming years.

In the “B” team match, the Wildcats came back from a first set loss to take the second set 25-20, and then breezed through the third set tiebreaker 15-4 for a 2-1 win.

In the “A” team match, the Coyotes took an early 6-0 lead behind the strong serves of setter Liza Westervelt.

But the Wildcats had some good servers as well, and Brittany Medel brought them back within four points at 11-7 with a series of strong serves before a kill by Julia Koss, who was particularly impressive both setting and hitting in the match, brought the Wildcats even closer at 12-9.

“[Koss] played club [volleyball] this year,” Wildcats coach Darren McCormick said. “She’s actually an outside hitter, but since she’s good at everything we use her in every spot.”

An ace served by the Wildcats’ Olivia Webster made the score 14-11 before another ace by Westervelt pushed the Coyotes lead back to 16-11.

Medel came around the rotation and got hot again, tieing the score at 17 with several nice serves.

For the full story, please see the Friday, Aug. 30, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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