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CHS making strides in volleyball
Gardner scores three touchdowns for Lumberjacks
Ceres Highs Diana Zarco collected 23 digs, five aces and one kill while competing against Livingston and Patterson last week. The Bulldogs won both Western Athletic Conference matches. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High's varsity girls volleyball team has experienced a remarkable turnaround this season.

The Bulldogs earned their sixth and seventh victories in Western Athletic Conference play last week.

Ceres High won just four matches in 2015.

"I am so proud of them and thankful I get to coach them," said Darlene Tobler, second-year leader of the Bulldogs.

Host Ceres High swept Livingston, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, Wednesday evening at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Madison Nash led the Bulldogs with 20 digs, five kills and one ace.

Tiana Rogers had 19 assists, nine digs and two aces.

Rayohna Sagapolu had 15 digs, five kills and one assist.

Breanna Moreno had 14 digs.

Alyssa Stiles had 10 digs, six kills, four blocks and two assists.

Diana Zarco had 10 digs, two aces and one kill.

Kendall Meyer had eight kills, eight blocks and six digs.

Ayannah O'Neal had six digs.

Shelby Veuve had four aces, two kills and one dig.

Karina Pulido had three digs.

The second-place Bulldogs improved to 7-6 in the WAC standings.

The top three teams in the WAC will be awarded postseason berths later this month.

Ceres High's combined record in conference play from 2011-14 was 5-43.

"Motivation is what keeps us going," Tobler said. "We are still working towards playoffs."

Ceres High edged visiting Patterson, 24-26, 25-20, 15-25, 25-19, 17-15, on Oct. 17.

Nash had 28 digs, nine kills and four aces.

Stiles had 21 digs, eight kills, five blocks and one assist.

Rogers had 20 assists, 12 digs, two kills and one ace.

Moreno had 18 digs and three aces.

Sagapolu had 15 digs, nine kills and three aces.

Zarco had 13 digs and three aces.
Meyer had nine blocks, five kills and five blocks.

Veuve had nine digs, two aces and one kill.

Pulido had one dig.

"Our team continues to strengthen and grow every day," Tobler said. "They are all improving, working hard and really motivating each other."
Ceres High will close out the WAC season at third-place Central Valley today.

The crosstown match will get underway at 6:30 p.m.

Central Valley grad Ja'Quan Gardner rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 44 yards and one score during the Humboldt State football team's 42-37 win over host Western Oregon Saturday afternoon at McArthur Field.

The Lumberjacks improved to 4-4 on the year and 2-4 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Gardner hauled in a 43-yard TD pass from Robert Webber and scored on runs of 3 and 4 yards as Humboldt State totaled 35 points in the momentum-swaying third quarter.
Ja'Quan gained 889 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 167 carries through the Lumberjacks' first eight games.

Humbolt State will play host to Simon Fraser this Saturday at 6 p.m.

Gardner ran for 213 yards and four touchdowns during the first meeting.