Central Valley’s varsity girls volleyball program enjoyed a breakthrough performance at the 25th Annual Central California Classic in Merced this past week by claiming the Steel Division title.
“Historically, there is a lot of teams that come to this tournament that become league champions and several have ended up being No. 1 or 2 in the state for their division,” Hawks’ head coach Regina Selfridge said. “For us, this was a big deal. We needed the win to prove to ourselves that we do have talent and are capable.”
Central Valley improved to 5-6 on the year after edging Cesar Chavez 2-1 (23-25, 25-23, 16-14) in the finals on Saturday.
Azalia Diaz had five kills and one block.
Anusha Kumar had five kills and one ace.
Alondra Carrillo Rodriguez had three aces and one block.
Anysia Lopez had three blocks, two aces and one kill.
Mony Chhoeum had three kills and one block.
Kaydee Peterman had two aces.
The Hawks beat Pacheco 2-1 (20-25, 25-16, 15-13) and Fresno High 2-0 (25-7, 25-20) earlier in the day.
Diaz had four aces and three kills against Pacheco.
Chhoeum added four aces.
Peterman had five aces versus Fresno High.
Lopez had four kills.
Diaz had three kills and two aces.
Kumar had two kills and two aces.
“We’re proud of how hard we worked at this tournament."Coach Regina Selfridge
“We’re proud of how hard we worked at this tournament,” Selfridge said.
Central Valley lost 2-0 to Clovis North (25-7, 25-9), Ripon Christian (25-9, 10-5) and Enochs (25-7, 26-24) in pool play on Friday.
“As we progressed through each game, we started playing smarter,” Selfridge said. “If they had big blocks, we began finessing the ball to the holes on the court or hitting off the blockers to make the ball go out on them. We worked harder at getting better passes to our setter, so that she could run plays. We actually worked as a cohesive unit instead of as individuals. We communicated better and offered each other support.”