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CV on the rise in volleyball
Hawks improve to 3-4 in WAC, remain in hunt for first-ever playoff berth
Lexy Cordova helped Central Valley High Schools varsity volleyball team secure its third conference win last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team won one of its two Western Athletic Conference matches last week.

The Hawks swept the Raiders, 25-17, 25-21, 26-24, on Oct. 14 at Central Catholic.

Lynaya Lerma led Central Valley with six kills, three aces and one block.

Nicholette Mendez dished out 12 assists.

Julia Ramsey collected eight kills and one block.

Leah Faamafi had five kills.

"We pretty much did everything right," Hawks head coach Kelly Heese said. "We ran our offense. We played tight defense. We played very well together."

Visiting Central Valley lost 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 to first-place Los Banos on Thursday.

The Tigers defeated the Hawks 25-3, 25-7, 25-19 on Sept 23.

"We competed this time," Heese said.

Ramsey paced Central Valley with five kills and one block.

Mendez tallied four assists.

Lerma had three kills.

Elizabeth Olide added two assists.

Faamafi did not play against Los Banos. She was sidelined with a knee injury.

"Leah might be out for the season," Heese said. "She's a strong player."

Central Valley moved to 3-4 in the WAC standings.

The third-place Hawks are trying to secure their first-ever playoff berth.

"We're only halfway through the season," Heese said. "We still have hope. We have the potential to be a winner if we work for it. Everyone's excited."

Raiders 3, Bulldogs 0
Central Catholic shut out Ceres High, 25-18, 26-24, 25-16, in varsity volleyball on Thursday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Ryleigh Honberger had six kills, four aces and three blocks in defeat for the winless Bulldogs (0-7).

Jessica Arreola totaled a match-high 19 digs.

Brooke Anderson chipped in with seven assists.