CHOWCHILLA -- Elliana Diepersloot has been so close to a Valley Championship the last two years.
She doesn't want to feel that pain again.
Chowchilla lost in the semfinals her sophomore year and then reached the finals last year only to lose in three tight games to Central Valley Christian.
The four-year varsity starter knows this is her last chance to put a section title on the red banner in the gym.
So far, so good.
Diepersloot and Chowchilla improved to 4-0 in the North Sequoia League and 9-0 overall with an impressive 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 win over Yosemite on Thursday night.
"We want that section title so bad," said Diepersloot, who finished with 15 kills. "We're perfectly capable of it. We have to rally together and play at a consistent level, but we're capable."
Diepersloot and Heather Fontanilla are the only two seniors on Chowchilla, but the younger players are surrounded by tradition.
Chowchilla's seven NSL titles since 2000 are clearly visible on the wall of the gym. They hang next to the three straight Valley Championships from 2002-04.
Head coach Erin Soares (2002 graduate) and assistant Jessica Diepersloot (2001) helped build the foundation for the success that followed.
"They know that's our goal," Soares said. "It's been a while. Football has won. Baseball has won. It's about time for another girls team to win."
Soares' girls turned what was supposed to be a tight match into a tidy sweep.
Setter Shelby Seals (20 assists) did a good job of spreading the ball around to Diepersloot, Sam Seals Fontanilla and Morgan Miller.
Yosemite (2-1 NSL) struggled getting any rhythm going. Setter Riley Cooks never seemed in sync with her hitters.
Yosemite's mistakes helped Chowchilla run off six or seven straight points in each game.
Chowchilla was able to keep Yosemite from going on big runs most of the night.
That's where having a go-to player like Diepersloot helps.
"We lean on her quite a bit," Soares said. "She's a four-year varsity player. She's seen a lot."