Tired of losing, Ceres High School's varsity volleyball team elevated its level of play this past week on its way to collecting back-to-back wins.
"The number one key to our success is that my team is trusting in each other more," Bulldogs head coach Darlene Tobler said. "They are playing as a team instead of individual players in their positions and they do not give up."
The Bulldogs (2-5) moved into tie for fifth place with Livingston in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Ceres High had a combined record of 5-43 in WAC play over the past four seasons.
"We will continue to learn and grow in a positive way throughout the season and I have high hopes for some more wins," Tobler said.
Ceres High defeated Livingston in four games, 25-27, 25-19, 25-23, 25-17, last Thursday on the road.
Jessica Arreola led the way with 28 digs and five aces.
Sabrina Baisdon collected 23 assists and five aces.
Kendall Meyer finished with 11 kills and three blocks.
The Bulldogs avenged a 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 loss.
Visiting Ceres High won a five-game thriller, 11-25, 25-14, 25-23, 27-29, 15-12, while battling last-place Pacheco on Oct. 6.
Baisdon dished out 33 assists.
Breanna Moreno had 23 digs.
Meyer tallied 11 kills and six blocks.
Madison Nash chipped in with five aces.
The Panthers dropped to 0-7 in the WAC.
"My team was so excited to win," said Tobler, whose team finished in last place with a 1-11 mark in conference play a year ago. "They work so hard every time we're together and I'm so happy that they got the wins that they deserve."