Central Valley High School's varsity girls volleyball team won one of two matches last week to remain in the hunt for its fourth consecutive postseason berth.
"We want to make playoffs again," said Mariana Garibay, a third-year standout with the Hawks. "It's important. We have to keep winning from now on."
Central Valley defeated crosstown-rival Ceres High 3-1 (25-21, 12-25, 25-12, 25-17) in Western Athletic Conference play on Oct. 9 at home.
The Hawks edged the Bulldogs in five games (15-25, 25-16, 18-25, 27-25, 15-8) earlier this season.
"It always a good feeling beating Ceres High," Garibay said. "They're our rival."
Jackie Sanchez led third place Central Valley (10-10, 5-6) with seven aces, two digs and one kill during the rematch.
Anysia Lopez added seven kills and two blocks.
Brianna Quiroz had six kills, two aces, two blocks and one dig.
Garibay had five aces, four kills and two digs.
Chetna Kumar had three kills, one assist and one dig.
Nayeli Ramos had two aces and two digs.
Alyssa Maeyama and Kayla Walker each had one kill and one ace.
Angelina Knights had one kill.
Mahogany Simon had one dig.
"We were communicating with each other," Garibay said. "We had a lot more intensity. We wanted it more."
Central Valley dropped into a two-way tie for third place in the WAC standings after losing 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-21) at Livingston on Wednesday.
"It was competitive," Garibay said.
Central Valley compiled a 1-2 record versus Livingston (5-6) this season.
Sanchez had nine digs and two aces in defeat last week.
Quiroz had eight kills, five digs, four blocks and one ace.
Lopez had four kills and four blocks.
Ramos had four aces, two digs and one kill.
Garibay had three digs, one kill and one ace.
Maeyama had two digs, one kill and one ace.
Saveena Foletta had two blocks and one dig.
Kumar and Walker both had one kill and one dig.
Knights had one kill.
Central Valley has little room for error as it attempts to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
The Hawks' final four matches are against Los Banos (11-0), Pacheco (0-11), Patterson (8-3) and Ceres High (4-7).
The top three teams advance to the postseason.
"Obviously, there's more pressure on us," Garibay said. "We just have to worry about ourselves and win the rest of our matches. We have a solid team."
Dawgs lose twice
Ceres High's varsity girls volleyball team dropped into fourth place in the WAC standings after losing pair of conference matches last week.
The host Bulldogs lost 3-0 to first-place Los Banos on Wednesday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium and 3-1 at third-place Central Valley on Oct. 9.