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Bulldogs continue dominance of Hawks
Ceres High School's varsity girls athletic program has enjoyed a lot of success against crosstown rival Central Valley.

Led by Jode Johnson, the Bulldogs have posted a combined record of 14-1 against the Hawks in volleyball, basketball and softball.

"It gets repetitive," the three-sport star said following Ceres High's 25-19, 25-11, 25-22 Valley Oak League volleyball victory over host Central Valley last Thursday.

"We want to prove that we have just as much talent even though we're the new school," Hawk junior standout Alyssa Long said.

Johnson had eight digs, four kills, one block and one ace for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-2 in the VOL standings. Jamie Beck collected 21 kills and 10 blocks. Kaela Causey totaled 13 assists, six digs and five aces.

"It boosts everybody up knowing Jamie's going to get the block or kill," Jode said. "She's a dominant part of our team. She's a forced to be reckoned with."

Long accumulated 10 kills, 10 digs and four blocks for the Hawks (2-2).

Vicky Ochoa had 10 assists and four digs.

Sophomore Jenna Mills contributed four blocks, three kills and three aces.

Alyssa Meshach added five digs and three kills.

"We were ready to play," Central Valley head coach Tauheedah Gaines said. "We weren't overexcited like last time. But we didn't have enough enthusiasm. We definitely needed to be more aggressive. We were also at the wrong spots on defense. We just didn't step it up for whatever reason."

"Next time, I'm expecting to do a lot better," Long said. "We'll practice harder. We want to beat them at their house."

The rematch will take place on Oct. 21 at Phil de la Porte Gym.