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Bulldogs defeat Hawks 3-0 in WAC volleyball play
Cristian Garcia (33) and Ceres High competed against Angel Arellano (10) and crosstown-rival Central Valley last week. The Bulldogs coasted to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-9 road victory. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Cristian Garcia and his Ceres High varsity boys volleyball teammates didn't pound their chests, jump up and down or howl after upending crosstown-rival Central Valley 25-17, 25-22, 25-9 on the road Thursday evening.

"I don't look at one win being more valuable than another one," said Garcia, a 6-foot-6 junior standout. "Every wins counts the same."

Ceres High improved to 13-7 overall and 3-2 in the WAC standings.

Central Valley dropped to 2-3 in conference play.

"They are really starting to unite," Bulldogs head coach Darlene Tobler said. "It shows in their communication and the support that they are giving each other. We will continue to work hard every day to develop skills and make every moment count."

"We have the potential to be very good," Garcia stated.

"We should not be losing," Ceres High sophomore standout Christian Murry added.

Garcia totaled seven kills, seven digs, two blocks and one ace against host Central Valley.

Murry added 19 digs, two kills, two aces and one block.

Chris Lubinsky had 12 digs and two kills.

Gustavo Hernandez had nine digs, seven assists and one ace.

Jordan McGrath had seven blocks, five kills, four digs and one ace.

Eduardo Torres had seven digs.

Prabh Singh had five digs.

Nick Jones had two blocks, one dig and one ace.

Freddi Lopez had one ace.

"I expected us to win," Garcia said. "We were focused. We were really energetic. We had more fire in us."
"It takes every person on our team to make it successful," Tobler added.

Ceres High stormed out to a 17-6 lead en route to dominating the third game.

"We had great team chemistry today," Murry said.

The Bulldogs dealt the Hawks their third consecutive loss.

Ceres High improved its head-to-head record versus Central Valley to 3-0.

The Bulldogs beat the Hawks twice last season.

"We're crosstown rivals," Murry said. "We're good friends. We like to play against each other."

Added Garcia: "It's always fun."