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Hawks win five-set thriller over Bulldogs, sweep season series
Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team spoiled Ceres High's Senior Night on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Hawk players and coaches celebrated on the Bulldogs' home court after winning the Western Athletic Conference crosstown showdown in thrilling fashion.

Central Valley outlasted Ceres High, 23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 24-26, 15-12, in front of a passionate crowd.

The Hawks and Bulldogs battled for two-plus hours. There were 28 ties.

"It feels really good beating them," Central Valley senior Melinda Camarillo said. "Everyone did something on the court. I'm so proud of my team."

Added Hawks head coach Margo Arzola: "When they play to their potential, they're amazing."

Central Valley placed fourth in the WAC with a 4-8 record.

Ceres High took fifth (2-10).

Breanna Wideman tallied 25 assists, three digs, two blocks, one kill and one ace while filling the stat sheet for the Hawks. Brittany Martinez added 12 kills and four blocks. Geena Wade had eight kills and two aces. Malynda Lomeli collected six aces and four digs. Maday Padilla contributed four kills, two aces and one dig. Camarillo chipped in with two aces.

Kassondra Jordan led the Bulldogs with 11 kills. Laura Story dished out 11 assists. Sofia Luna had nine digs and six aces. Prableen Kaur added four blocks.

Central Valley swept the season series. The Hawks won the first meeting, 26-24, 15-25, 25-23, 25-20, on Oct 6.

"We've always have fun, competitive games with them," Bulldogs head coach Stephanie Hamilton said.

"It really sucks," said Kaur, who along with senior teammates Jordan, Luna, Kiana Crawford and Sara Macedo, were hoping to end their prep careers with a victory.

"We're the first team to lose twice in a season to Central Valley. We needed to communicate better and keep our serves in."

Ceres High stormed back from a five-point deficit and won the first game.

The Hawks trailed by nine points before rallying past the Bulldogs in Game 2.

Central Valley pulled away in the third game on the strength of a 20-7 run.

The Bulldogs managed to win Game 4 despite blowing a 21-10 lead.

"It was so scary," Camarillo said. "I didn't think they were going to battle back like that. I was concerned. We tried to stay calm and play as a team."

Central Valley overcame a 9-7 deficit in the fifth and decisive game. The Hawks accounted for six of the final nine points. Wideman completed the comeback with a match-clinching serve.

"I feel like crying," Camarillo said. "We really wanted to win this bad."

"They kept fighting and fighting," Arzola said. "It stressed me out. My hand was shaking the whole time."

"It was like that last year but we won," Hamilton said.

Added Kaur: "I thought we had it."

Ceres High and Central Valley split in 2010 with the Bulldogs winning the WAC finale, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 17-15.