You won’t find a coach who likes playing games on Mondays.
They never know how your team is going to play after a long weekend.
“Monday games are the worst,” said Buhach Colony coach Michelle Osmer. “Ask anybody.”
You don’t have to ask Golden Valley coach Matt Thissen.
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Thissen watched as his team struggled through a 3-0 loss to Pitman that brought his team back to the pack in the Central California Conference standings.
Ashley Solis recorded 13 kills as Pitman swept GV 25-18, 26-24, 25-12.
Pitman (4-2 CCC) showed why many coaches thought it would be the team to beat in the CCC.
“They played like a you’d expect a good team to play in a big match,” said Thissen, whose team dropped back into a first place tie with BC at 5-1.
Golden Valley had a perfect run through the CCC in the first round of the schedule with big wins at Pitman, Atwater and Buhach Colony.
The second round didn’t start off so hot.
Reina Sykes led GV with nine kills, five blocks, 11 assists and three aces.Kat Blake added seven kills and three blocks.
Golden Valley looked like it was on its way to getting back in the match in the second game, jumping out to leads of 8-0 and 21-13.
However, Thissen’s girls fell apart down the stretch and didn’t recover in the third game.
“We got to 24-23 and there was a controversial call that didn’t go our way to tie the game at 24,” Thissen said. “We mentally checked out after that.
“After running the table in the first round, you never want to give one back.
But this was a good little wakeup call. We’ll find out how we respond on Wednesday against Atwater.”