ATWATER — Kat Blake needs to play angry more often.
The Golden Valley senior was disappointed in her play early in Monday’s match against Buhach Colony.
“I just wasn’t getting it done,” Blake said. “I had to give it everything I had and put it down. I had to get mad.”
An angry Blake dominated late, smashing six kills and one block in the fifth game alone as the Golden Valley volleyball team came back from two games down to defeat Buhach Colony 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-10 at the Thunder Dome.
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With the match on the line, GV’s Reina Sykes kept feeding Blake at the net, and she kept putting the ball away.
Her kills accounted for six of Golden Valley’s final 10 points of the match.
“I just kept thinking, ‘I’m a beast. This ball is mine,’ ” said Blake, who finished with 18 kills and three blocks.
It was a frustrating night for Buhach Colony (3-1 Central California Conference).
Michelle Osmer’s girls got an emotional lift when middle blocker Sarah Bell took the floor early in the first game to a loud ovation.
Bell rolled her ankle when she landed on the foot of a Merced player last week and Osmer thought she might have lost her for the season.
However, Bell contributed three kills, three digs and two aces for BC against Golden Valley (4-0 CCC, 6-1 overall).
Buhach Colony appeared to have the match under control after winning the first two games.
Aly Sherman (16 kills) and Rachel Andrews (seven blocks) were playing well, helping Buhach Colony seize momentum was on BC’s side.
Then Golden Valley took over.
Sykes (14 kills, five blocks and 22 assists) picked up her play and GV started rolling.
Sykes and company
Golden Valley then jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the fourth game and never let Buhach Colony back in the game.
“If a couple things don’t go your way, you can’t get down,” Osmer said. “We had a hard time finishing after that.
“I don’t mind when the other team has to earn their points. It’s when we give them freebies that bothers me. We can’t give the game away — and we did.”
Buhach Colony seemed to recover when it jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth game, but Blake and Sykes were just getting
“Reina didn’t have her best night,” GV coach Matt Thissen said. “I think early on she tried to do too much. I thought Maddie Madayag (10 kills and 16 digs) helped keep us in the match those first couple games.
“Kat picked it up and was very dominant in the final three games. I don’t know if it was the position change, moving from outside to middle, but she’s really been a force for us.”
Golden Valley is the lone undefeated team in the CCC after winning three five-game matches on the road at Pitman, Atwater and BC.
“I like the mental makeup of this team,” Thissen said. “It’s been a pleasant surprise.”
ATWATER 3, TURLOCK 0
ATWATER -- Nicole Heller's 10 kills and four blocks helped Atwater defeat Turlock, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18.
Atwater has a big early season match on Wednesday when it hosts Buhach Colony.
PITMAN 3, MERCED 0
Maci Murdock recorded 10 kills as Pitman cruised to a 25-15, 25-13, 25-16 victory.
Kuuipolani Braceros finished with 10 kills and Summer Sanchez had 15 assists for Merced (1-3 CCC).