Ceres High’s varsity girls volleyball team wrapped up the 2018 campaign with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-13) loss at Grace Davis on Oct. 16 in Modesto.
“We just had an off night,” senior Alyssa Stiles said. “If we would have been more focused, we could have pulled it out.”
Stiles, Izzy Diazdeleon and Jullissa Arreola represented the Bulldogs for the final time.
“We really wanted to win because it was our last game in high school,” Alyssa said. “We played our hardest.”
Stiles had seven blocks, five kills and three aces versus Grace Davis.
Arreola had 16 digs.
Allison Stiles, Alyssa’s younger sister, had four assists.
Ceres High placed seventh with a 3-11 record in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
The Spartans (6-8) finished fifth.
I’m proud of each of my girls, with how hard they worked throughout the season to not only improve, but to grow as a team.”Coach Darlene Tobler
“This was a tough year for our team,” Bulldogs’ head coach Darlene Tobler said. “We had to overcome quite a few obstacles. I’m proud of each of my girls, with how hard they worked throughout the season to not only improve, but to grow as a team. They were wonderful examples of our program and our school.”
“We did the best we could with it being a new league and with all the young players we had,” Alyssa Stiles added. “It was a rebuilding season. We all gave 100 percent. Everyone grew individually as a player.”
The Bulldogs won two of their last five matches after dropping eight of nine contests to start the season.
“We finally had a set rotation,” Stiles said. “At the beginning of the year, we had a lot of changes with people moving up and quitting. We had a rough start.”
Stiles competed at the varsity level for three seasons.
“I put in a lot of time and effort at practices and games the past four years,” she said. “I just strived to do the best I could. High school is coming to an end. I’m going to have to make bigger decisions for my future.”