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Lack of consistency hampers CHS volleyball squad
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The Ceres High varsity volleyball team showed plenty of fight during its 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 loss to Pitman in non-conference play Monday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We could have beat them if we stayed mentally strong," junior Astrid Mazariegos said.

Ceres fell to 0-5 on the year.

"I just think we need more practice," Mazariegos said. "We need to be more consistent with everything we do."

Leah Rose led the Bulldogs with five digs and two aces. Mazariegos tallied five digs and one ace. Chelsea Lomeli accumulated two assists and one ace. Kaylee Brown registered one block.

Pitman improved to 4-2 overall.

Kerstin Deubert led the Pride with nine assists, eight aces and four digs. Tanya Gemperle tallied four kills and four digs. Jen Lopes and Leslie Morgan each added one block.

There were six ties and seven lead changes in the second game. Pitman took control with a 10-6 run.

"We never gave up," Mazariegos said. "We kept fighting. We just needed to stay consistent throughout the whole game. And not just parts of it."

"The biggest thing is we're still learning as a team," Ceres coach Kassie Baker added. "We've only had one practice with them. It's a big change when you bring in another person to coach."

Baker is filling in on an interim basis for Shannon Donnelly, who took a leave of absence for pregnancy. Varsity girls basketball coach Shawna Nunes has also been assisting.

"They're still getting used to me as a coach," Baker said. "I have a different philosophy. I'm just trying to teach them the basics and where to be on the court."

Ceres' roster features three seniors in Brown, Lomeli and Chelsea Keidel, three juniors in Mazariegos, Aimee Gunzenhauser and Tiffany Burnett, and three sophomores in Rose, Raymond and Alyssa Eudy.

Brown, Lomeli, Keidel and Rose are returners.

Mazariegos, Gunzenhauser, Burnett, Raymond and Eudy are first-year varsity players.

"We're very young," Baker said.

Davis 3, Ceres 0

The Bulldogs fell 26-24, 33-31, 25-16 to the visiting Spartans Thursday night.

Brown had five kills and three blocks.

Lomeli dished out seven assists.

Rose collected two aces.

"They were talking," Baker said. "They were having fun. Those little things really helped them."