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ROUNDUP

Ryan, Hain Lead La Reina by Simi Valley

September 16, 1998|MIKE BRESNAHAN

They sure don't play like sophomores.

Jennifer Ryan and Ashlie Hain of La Reina High look as comfortable as anyone else on the volleyball court, but the second-year standouts led the Regents to a 15-2, 15-5, 15-9 nonleague victory over host Simi Valley on Tuesday.

Ryan, a 6-foot middle blocker, had 11 kills and Hain, a 5-9 setter, had nine kills and 14 assists despite injuring her upper right arm during warmups.

They each had five kills and only one hitting error in the first game, ensuring a strong start for La Reina (2-0).

"They're beyond sophomore years in terms of volleyball," La Reina Coach Don Hyatt said. "It's a fun time right now."

It's been pretty fun for La Reina for several years. Winners of the last six Tri-Valley League titles, the Regents appear to have the inside track on a seventh, though Bishop Diego stands in the way.

"I think we can go all the way [in league]," Ryan said.

Melody Eckmier, a 6-2 transfer from Van Nuys, had five kills for Simi Valley (1-1), which finally started to click in the third game, but couldn't hold a 9-8 lead.

La Reina scored the final seven points of the match.

"That wasn't the way we were supposed to play," Eckmier said. "We were dead out there tonight."

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