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Bulldogs pull away for 3-1 win over Hawks
Ceres High School's varsity volleyball team overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 25-22, 12-25, 25-17, 25-17 win over crosstown foe Central Valley Thursday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"Talking was key," Bulldogs senior Sabrina Rinsamout said. "We also moved our feet."

Said Hawks co-captain Maday Padilla: "I'm not really disappointed. We played really well. It was fun and competitive."

Ceres High improved to 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Central Valley dropped to 1-4 in league play.

The Bulldogs haven't lost to the Hawks since 2007. Ceres High has won eight of nine meetings, including five in a row under head coach Stephanie Hamilton's guidance.

"Eventually, it's going to happen," she said when asked if the Bulldogs would ever lose to Central Valley during her tenure. "They have a strong team and good coaching."

Added Rinsamout: "It's not going to happen this year. We're really confident in ourselves."

Sabrina tallied 14 digs, six kills, two assists and one block during the Bulldogs' latest victory over Central Valley.

Jamie Beck had 21 kills, 11 digs, three blocks and two aces.

Jessica Ellsworth finished with 26 assists, three kills, one block and one ace.

Sherhea Hamilton collected eight digs, four kills, two blocks and two aces

Yvette Huizar totaled a team-high 16 digs.

Praubleen Kaur added nine digs and one block.

The Hawks had multiple contributors, including Breanna Wideman (28 assists), Jenna Mills (11 kills and two blocks), Alyssa Long (seven kills and two blocks), Molly Littman (nine digs) and Cheyenne Adney (five digs).

Ceres High settled down after being thoroughly dominated in Game 2.

"I wasn't really concerned," coach Hamilton said. "I was upset at the way we were playing. We played five games on Tuesday. I think they were kind of tired."

"We were talking," Padilla said. "We worked together."

"We wanted revenge after that," Rinsamout said. "We just really believed in ourselves."

The Bulldogs won the third and fourth games by identical scores.

"When we lose a couple of points, we stay down," Padilla said. "That's our problem."

Beck played a major role in three of Ceres High's final four points.

She collected the match-clinching kill.

"It's hard not to be intimidated," Padilla said while talking about playing defense against Ceres High's 6-foot-2 senior leader. "You have to focus on staying there and taking it."

Padilla and the Hawks are looking forward to the rematch at Central Valley on Nov. 2.

"We're going to fight as hard as we can," she said.