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The Ceres High varsity girls volleyball team completed its preseason schedule last week. The Bulldogs won one of two matches.

"We're improving every day," said Ceres coach Angela Durossette. "The biggest thing is trying to get the girls to work together and communicate. I'm trying to get them to understand their roles."

The Bulldogs (1-3) are still adjusting to life without Meghan Franksen, Elisha Ferguson and Krystle Brown. The four-year varsity players graduated in May.

"We're trying to find leaders," Durossette said.

Ceres High notched its first win of the year on Sept. 6 in Manteca.

Jessica Hunter tallied 13 kills and 13 blocks and Monica Hall accumulated six aces during the Bulldogs' 25-15, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 victory over the East Union Lancers.

"We played really well," Durossette said.

Golden Valley swept Ceres High, 25-14, 25-13, 25-9, Wednesday night in Merced. The match lasted just 55 minutes.

The Cougars dominated at serve with 23 aces.

"They were really good," Durossette said.

Hunter led the Bulldogs with nine kills, two aces and one block. Jenna Staggs and Jennifer Arnold added two aces and one block, respectively.

Ashley Livesay led Golden Valley with 11 aces and nine digs. Kelly Leonardo accumulated 10 kills and two blocks. Gianna Bandoni dished out 21 assists.

Ceres will play against Modesto Metro Conference rival Johansen tomorrow at Central Valley High School. The match starts at 6 p.m.

"It's going to be tough," Durossette said. "League is up this year." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier