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Central Valley avoids shutout
Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team appeared headed for a fifth-and-decisive game against Sierra during last week's Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation contest.

The Timberwolves staved off more than six set points and escaped with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-20, 26-24) victory on Monday, Aug. 29 in Ceres.

"We had a letdown," Hawks head coach Margo Arzola said. "The girls are frustrated."

Six-foot-2 junior Brittany Martinez tallied eight kills and four blocks for Central Valley.

Breanna Wideman dished out 10 assists.

Malynda Lomeli had six aces and three digs.

Sierra's Allie Walljasper collected eight kills and six blocks.

Gabby Olmo tallied eight aces and six assists.

"I tried people in different positions," Arzola said. "She (Brittany) showed a lot of promise."

On the verge of forcing a tiebreaker, Central Valley squandered a 24-17 lead in Game 4.

"We had a shot at winning," Arzola said. "We just shot ourselves in the foot. We could not receive the ball."

Sierra posted a 15-9 record and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs in 2010.

The Hawks went 2-8 in the Western Athletic Conference (fourth place).

Central Valley players gained confidence in defeat last week.

"I know they can do better than what I saw," Arzola said. "They can still push themselves harder. That's our goal."

Approximately 66 Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games were played last week.