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Ceres High girls secure split against WAC competition
Rayana Coleman
Rayana Coleman (21) collected four blocks during the Ceres High varsity girls volleyball team’s 3-2 loss at Johansen on Oct. 8. - photo by Dale Butler

Vianney Perez and her Ceres High varsity girls volleyball teammates played two grueling league matches in a three-day span last week.

“It was pretty tiring,” she said. “You just got to stay focused and push through.”

Ceres High notched its second victory of the season after topping Pacheco 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21) on Thursday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs beat the Panthers in four games for the second time this year

“We focused more on fundamentals and played as a team,” Perez said. “That caused us to win.”

Perez collected 22 digs and seven aces versus the Panthers.

Bella Curry added 20 digs, four aces and one kill.

Allison Stiles had 13 assists, eight digs and three kills.

Cheralyn Durossette had 13 digs, five aces and one kill.

Lysaida Munoz had nine digs and three aces.

Mya Robinson had eight kills, seven digs, three aces and one block.

Dominque Arendt had eight kills.

Bethanie Thornberry had four digs and two kills.

Rayana Coleman had three kills and one block.

Johansen outlasted Ceres High 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6) on Oct. 8 in Modesto.

“We should have won,” Perez said. “At the end, we gave it away. We lost focus. We needed to trust each other more.”

Perez had 27 digs and one ace against the Vikings.

Stiles had 19 assists, 17 digs and four kills.

Curry had 14 digs, six kills, five aces and one assist.

Robinson had seven kills, four blocks and two digs.

Munoz had six digs and three aces.

Coleman had five kills, four blocks and two digs.

Thornberry had four kills and three digs.

Arendt had one dig.

Ceres High’s 2-9 record in WAC play doesn’t indicate how competitive the Bulldogs have been under new head coach Kelly Heese’s guidance.

“There’s been a lot of improvement,” Perez said. “We’ve become better and smarter volleyball players. Coach Kelly is pushing us in the right direction. We’ll be more competitive in the following years.”