Tigers streak on the line this week
The Woodlake Tigers continue to stay hot and they are doing it at the right time. With the high school playoffs underway every game counts. As of Tuesday, Nov. 6 the Woodlake Tigers were on a 17 game winning streak. The Tigers last loss was against Hoover back on Sept. 1 when the Patriots defeated Woodlake 25-22 and 25-20 in Clovis Invitational Tournament.
With a 17 game winning streak on the line, the Tigers hosted Caruthers in the first round of the division IV playoffs. In the first two sets the Tigers showed why they received the number one seed in the playoffs as the Tigers rolled to a 25-16 and a 25-12 lead.
The third set, the Tigers got off to a slow start and had to have a late rally to come back to take the lead and the game as the Tigers won the third set 25-22 to win the game.
For the Tigers in this game it was Melissa Samaniego leading the way with 13 kills, 6 aces and 2 blocks. KiAnna Cunningham contributed with 3 blocks of her own.
With the victory, it ran the Tigers winning streak to 18 games and a date with Liberty Madera Ranchos in the quarter finals.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, Woodlake looked to make it a 19 game winning streak as the number 8 seed Liberty Madera Ranchos came to town. The Hawks would give the Tigers problems right from the start of the game.
Liberty would take the first set 25-19, but Woodlake would bounce back and take the next set 25-18.
The Hawks would take the lead once again as Liberty took the third set 25-17. Woodlake would show their determination in the fourth game as the Tigers would out last the Hawks in a shoot out to take the fourth set 34-32.
With everything on the line the fifth and final set, the Tigers made sure they were the ones moving on in the playoffs as Woodlake takes the fifth set and the game with a 15-11 victory.
For Woodlake it was Melissa Samaniego and KiAnna Cunningham leading the way once again. Samaniego had 19 kills, 6 blocks while Cunningham had had 16 kills and 7 blocks. Brenda Acosta had 42 assists, 2 kills and 2 aces for the Tigers.
The streak is now at 20 games with the Tigers hosting number 5 seed Sierra on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the semi finals of the division IV playoffs.
Sierra took down Dos Palos in the opening rounds and then took down number 4 seed Taft to face Woodlake.
If Sierra were to beat Woodlake Tuesday night, then Sierra would host the division IV valley championship game because number 2 seed Bakersfield Christian fell to number 7 seed Immanuel and number 3 seed Sierra Pacific fell to number 6 seed Kingsburg.
During the regular season, Woodlake has faced the three remaining teams and have beaten all three of them.
If Woodlake gets by Sierra then Woodlake will be hosting the Valley Championship game on Thursday, Nov. 15 against the winner of the Kingsburg-Immanuel game.