ATWATER -- Despite pulling out the first game of Monday night's Central California Conference showdown with defending champion Atwater, GV head coach Matt Thissen sensed momentum had swung Atwater's way.
Turns out, Thissen was right. And Golden Valley almost never got the chance to get it back.
Led by Giovanna Treyes' team-high 15 kills, eight blocks and 17 digs, Atwater quickly ran off the next two games.
As it had in its conference opener against Pitman last week, GV stormed back.
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Led by Reina Sykes' 21 kills and Kat Blake's 17 kills and three blocks, Golden Valley won the final two games for a 25-23, 18-25, 14-25, 25-11, 15-9 victory.
"I felt like Atwater grabbed the momentum at the end of the first game and we didn't even sniff it again until the start of the fourth," Thissen said. "These are two pretty good teams and whichever one can grab that momentum and hold onto it the longest is probably going to come out on top.
"We seized it back when we needed to and got our second straight five-game road win."
25-23, 18-25, 14-25, 25-11, 15-9
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Kills: Reina Sykes 21; Assists: Macie Smith 19; Blocks: Kat Blake 3; Digs: Madeline Madayag 11; Aces: Keigan Roose 3.
ATWATER -- Kills: Gio Treyes, Bridgette Berlier 15; Assits: Nikki Schiber 41; Blocks: Nicole Heller 10; Digs: TREYES 17; Aces: Heller, Schiber 2.
Records: Golden Valley 2-0 CCC, 4-1; ATWATER 1-1 CCC, 4-1.
JV -- Atwater 2-0.
Frosh Golden Valley 2-0.
Buhach Colony 3, Pitman 2
ATWATER -- Aly Sherman's team-high 13 kills and 14 digs helped Buhach Colony fight back from a 2-0 deficit and improve to 2-0 in the CCC with a 24-26, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22, 16-14 victory.
"Pitman was about as talented a team as I've seen in a long time," BC coach Michelle Osmer said. "We made a slight adjustment in our lineup to slow them down and the girls just never put their heads down."
Merced 3, Turlock 0
TURLOCK -- Rebecca Garitano had a team-high eight kills and four aces, Summer Sanchez added 16 assists and Merced finally put it all together in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 win over Turlock.
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Buhach Colony 14, Central Catholic 4
ATWATER -- Dylan DeLaCerda, Ben Douglas and Andrew Torres all scored hat tricks as Buhach Colony (8-5) cruised to a win over Central Catholic.