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Bulldogs secure volleyball comeback victory
Ceres High varsity volleyball standout Jamie Beck dashed Los Banos' comeback bid with a match-clinching kill in the fourth game of their Western Athletic Conference showdown last week.

The 6-foot-2 senior's spike from the back row lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-1 victory (18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19) over the Tigers Thursday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It wasn't just me," Beck said. "It was our whole team. I just try to get everybody else pumped up."

Jamie filled the stat sheet for the Bulldogs (1-1). She accounted for 20 of the Ceres High's 32 kills. Beck also had seven blocks, four aces and eight digs.

Bulldog setter Jessica Ellsworth amassed 17 assists, 12 digs, six kills, five aces and one block.

Ceres High teammates Sabrina Rinsamout (13 digs, one block and one assist), Yvette Huizar (13 digs), Sherhea Hamilton (10 digs, two kills and one assist), Praubleen Kaur (five digs and one assist), Kiana Crawford (three digs, one kill, one ace and one assist), Haley Duarte (three kills, two blocks, one dig and one ace), Meagan Humphres (three digs) and Kassandra Jordan (two digs and one block) chipped in as well.

The Bulldogs had multiple contributors on defense. Ceres High totaled 70 digs.

The fourth game was the most competitive. Ceres High edged out Los Banos following 11 ties.

The Bulldogs nearly squandered double-digit leads in the second and third games.

"It was very scary," Beck said while talking about her team's near collapse. "We were pretty confident we'd win because we beat them at the Golden Valley tournament. But we couldn't get too cocky. We did a lot of talking and moved our feet a lot more."

Hawks suffer loss

Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team failed in its bid to spoil Patterson's homecoming last week.

The Hawks lost 26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18 to the Tigers on Monday, Sept. 20.

Central Valley head coach Amy Castillo graduated from Patterson in 2003.

"It was a very intense, competitive match," she said. "There was a lot of emotions. We'll know what to prepare for when they come to our gym. We won't lose to them again."

Alyssa Long had seven kills and four blocks for Central Valley (1-1). Breanna Wideman tallied 26 assists. Maday Padilla, Jenna Mills and Molly Littman finished with nine kills, eight kills and seven digs, respectively.

"It (our poor serving) put us in a hole," Castillo said. "Once we get our serves in, we dominate."