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Bulldogs improve playoff chances
In danger of dropping out of the race for a section playoff berth, Ceres High's varsity volleyball team boosted its hopes last week by stringing together a pair of Valley Oak League victories.

"It would be a big accomplishment to just get there," Bulldogs head coach Stephanie Hamilton said. "I'm already super proud of them."

Ceres High swept upset-minded Weston Ranch, 25-8, 25-9, 25-16, on Monday Oct. 26 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Bulldog setter Kaela Causey accumulated 11 assists, five kills, three serve receives and two digs. Jamie Beck had 10 kills and two blocks. Jode Johnson collected nine kills, three aces and two digs. Alyssa Eudy chipped in with five aces and three kills. Rachel Nevarez added five assists and three serve receives.

"I was happy with how we performed," Hamilton said. "All the girls got to play quite a bit."

Ceres High (20-11 overall, 8-6 VOL) took control from the outset and never let up while crushing Weston Ranch (1-13).

Beck closed out the one-sided match with a powerful kill.

"We brought our A-game today," Causey said.

Bulldog players were in tears following their stunning 15-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-19, 18-16 collapse against visiting East Union on Oct. 7.

Ceres High avenged the loss on Wednesday in Manteca, beating the Lancers 25-15, 25-19, 14-25, 26-25.

The Bulldogs are seeking their first postseason berth since 2004-05.

"We're excited because we could go to playoffs," Causey said. "We're right there. Last year, we didn't have a chance."

"We just got to keep winning," Hamilton said. "We can't look past any team."