GOLDEN VALLEY 3, PITMAN 2
TURLOCK -- Golden Valley came up with a big win to start CCC play with a 24-26, 25-16, 27-29, 25-23, 15-9 thriller over Pitman.
"The schedule maker didn't do us any favors sending us to Pitman, Atwater and BC twice this year," Golden Valley coach Matt Thissen said. "A lot of coaches felt Pitman was the team to beat and they may be. We're definitely playing our best volleyball of the year right now and hopefully we can contain it."
Reina Sykes was everywhere for GV (3-1 overall), finishing with 23 kills, 17 assists, 3 blocks, 17 digs and 2 aces.
Kat Blake added 17 kills and eight blocks.
"Reina was unbelievable," Thissen said. "She did everything from hitting, to setting, to blocking, to leadership."
Heading into the fifth game, Thissen thought back to last year when his team lost two five-game matches to Atwater and one to Buhach Colony.
His team gave him the answer he wanted as GV bounced back from a 6-5 deficit with four straight points to open up a 9-6 lead.
Pitman never threatened the rest of the match.
BUHACH COLONY 3, TURLOCK 0
ATWATER -- Aly Sherman helped Buhach Colony start CCC play off as a winner with 13 kills in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 victory.
Rachel Andrews added four blocks and Kaitlyn Ryan dished out 18 assists.
"We had to be sharp," BC coach Michelle Osmer said. "Turlock is pretty good, we had to be on our game tonight."
ATWATER 16, PITMAN 13
ATWATER -- Chase DelaCruz scored a goal with 1 second left for Atwater to send the game to overtime. Atwater then went on to outscore Pitman 3-0 in the two extra periods to win its CCC opener.
DelaCruz led Atwater with eight goals and four assists. Brother Dylan added four goals and two assists.
WATER POLO 17,
ATWATER 8TURLOCK -- Kelly Gergstrom scored three goals as Atwater dropped its first CCC contest.
LOS BANOS 20,
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
MODESTO -- Jessica Witt scored six goals and finished with five assists as the Los Banos cruised in a Western Athletic Conference game.
LOS BANOS 9, PATTERSON 0
LOS BANOS -- Alexis Barcellos, Christina Soares, Aitana Munoz, Nicole Marches and Tiffany Liu combined to only lose one game as they swept the five singles matches from Patterson.