Toni Garcia leaped out of her chair to cheer her team on.
The Atwater volleyball coach could sense the fatigue.
Garcia knew her girls had to close out Golden Valley in the fourth game.
"We were tired," Garcia said. "It was getting a little sloppy. It was extremely important we put them away in the fourth game.
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"That's why you saw me out of my chair trying to give them any energy I had."
Atwater finished the job, upsetting Golden Valley 25-17, 26-24, 22-25, 25-20 on Wednesday night at Cougar Arena.
It was a match Atwater needed if it had any thoughts of staying in the Central California Conference chase.
"We definitely had to get this one," said Atwater setter Nikki Schiber. "We got off to a slow start in the first round. But the way we look at it is there are two rounds to go and we have to win out."
It was the end of rough week for Golden Valley (5-2 CCC), which came into the week all alone atop the conference and now find itself in a three-way tie with Pitman and Buhach Colony.
"We definitely haven't played well our last two matches," Golden Valley coach Matt Thissen said. "I've seen a little drop off in intensity. Our team has to understand when you go through the first round undefeated teams are going to be gunning for you. Right now, we haven't risen to the challenge."
Both teams weren't at full strength.
Golden Valley middle blocker Kat Blake sat out the first game because of an illness and Thissen picked his spots with her the final three games.
Atwater's star Nicole Heller didn't feel well during the match and had to sit out a significant amount of time during the crucial fourth game.
"That definitely hurt," said Schiber. "I looked at Nicole during the first game and she looked like she was going to get sick.
"She's a trooper. She pushed through. She's our rock."
Heller played well while she was on the floor, recording 14 kills, 16 digs, five blocks and four aces.
"I don't know if it was just the adrenaline that got to her or a bug," Garcia said. "She threw up inbetween games and might have even fainted in the bathroom. She's a fighter."
After dropping the first game, GV should have evened the match up in the second game after jumping out to leads of 14-6 and 19-12.
However, Atwater ran off nine straight points to take a 21-19 lead and eventually took a two-game lead with a 26-24 win.
With Blake ailing, GV leaned heavily on Reina Sykes, who finished with 21 kills, 11 blocks, 17 assists, 10 digs and five aces.
"We're not playing relaxed," Thissen said. "We're playing a bit up tight. We've been really good with our mental toughness and that seems to have taken two steps back.
"We need to get tougher between the ears one more time."