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Backyard Battle
Stacy Jolley and her Ceres High freshman volleyball teammates posed for a group picture after winning their final match of the 2010 season.

The visiting Bulldogs edged crosstown rival Central Valley, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10, in Western Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Ceres High won the first meeting, 25-19, 23-25, 15-8.

"It was really competitive," Jolley said.

"We played awesome today" Hawks player Lexy Cordova said.

The Bulldogs used a 12-2 surge to win the opening game of last week's match.

Central Valley battled back from a six-point deficit in Game 2.

Ahead 10-8, Ceres High accounted for five of the final seven points of the tiebreaker.

The Bulldogs and Hawks battled in front of a loud crowd at CV.

"I told the team don't let that distract you and concentrate on the game," Jolley said.

Ceres High compiled a 7-5 record during the WAC season thanks to the stellar play of Stacy, Yvonne Verduzco, Gloria Witherow, Larissa Vasquez, Sara Graham, Amber Rose, Camrynn Braumas and Isabel Hernandez.

The Bulldogs had a 4-0 mark in matches decided in three games.

"We have a tendency of getting too comfortable," Ceres High head coach Robin Zumstein said.

Central Valley finished 1-11 on the year.

The Hawks received solid contributions from Cordova, Noreena Martinez, Tatyana Rodiles, Carina Partida, Nicholette Mendez, Sarah McElroy, Andrea Medina, Jana Espita and Jasmine Bhatti.

"They have a lot to be proud of," CV head coach Cyndi Meshach said. "They've improved a lot. Their attitudes are great. They understand it's a learning process."

Cordova and the Hawks had a blast despite their struggles.

"It was so much fun," she said. "I loved going to practice every day and being out here."