Unforced errors nearly cost the Modesto Junior College volleyball team a conference victory Wednesday.
But the Pirates played a near-perfect fifth game to beat host Diablo Valley College 30-28, 26-30, 30-26, 22-30, 15-7.
Allison Mikkelsen had 19 kills to lead the Pirates. With the Vikings (1-2 Big 8) shutting down Modesto (12-4, 3-1 Big 8) in the middle, Pirates coach Dave Winfrey said Mikkelsen countered well from the outside.
"Allison really carried the load," Winfrey said. "She kept them on their toes. They just couldn't come up with a way to stop her."
Tanya Jennings had two big blocks in the fifth game to help Modesto jump out to a 5-1 lead. Elizabeth Gutierrez had 54 assists and Corrisa Jacomini had 31 digs.
CHICO ST. 3, STANISLAUS 0, at Turlock -- The support of 426 fans, a record for volleyball, wasn't enough to get Cal State Stanislaus over the hump as it lost to No. 20 Chico State 30-21, 30-28, 30-24.
Ripon's Debbie Vander Schaaf had 12 kills and Megan Britton had 21 digs to lead Stanislaus in the California Collegiate Athletic Association match.
Turlock's Nicole Musso had nine kills and three block-assists for the Warriors (5-16, 1-9 CCAA). Caitlin Steffeck recorded four more blocks and is now just six shy of setting the school record for blocks in a career. The current record is 290.
Chico State (14-6, 7-3 CCAA) was led by Gillian Heydorff and Kelly Smiland, who each had nine kills.
Women's Water Polo
AMERICAN RIVER 13, MJC 11, at Sacramento -- The Pirates (12-5) staged a comeback with six goals in the fourth quarter, but couldn't pull off the Big 7 victory against the state's No. 3 team. Karen Ard led MJC, ranked seventh, with four goals.
FRESNO CITY 11, MERCED 8, at Fresno -- Kara Andrews had two goals and two assists to lead a balanced effort for Merced (12-8, 1-3 Big 7).
Men's Water Polo
AMERICAN RIVER 22, MJC 10, at Sacramento -- Daniel Hunt scored five goals to lead Modesto (9-7, 0-3 Big 8) and Max Ottersbach added two.
MERCED 10, FRESNO PACIFIC 9, at Fresno -- The Blue Devils (8-13) scored five goals in the fourth quarter, capped by Chris Tanzillo's game-winning goal off a steal by Brett Kollman.
SACRAMENTO CITY 37, MJC 18, at Sacramento -- MJC sophomore Ryan Sughrue (11-0) pinned his opponent in just 40 seconds in the 184-pound match, his ninth fall of the season.
Kevin Machado (149) and Jordan Lefler (197) also notched pins for the Pirates (2-2), who were missing five wrestlers in the Big 8 match. Lefler pinned his foe in 45 seconds.