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Redemption in volleyball
Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team snapped a five-match losing streak last week.

The Hawks swept Patterson, 25-17, 25-20, 29-27, in a Western Athletic Conference clash Thursday night in Ceres.

Central Valley avenged a 26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18 road loss.

"I put a little extra pressure on myself and team the first time we played Patterson," said Amy Castillo, first-year head coach of Central Valley and a former Tiger athlete. "Tonight, they were loose. They were mentally ready. Our energy level was up the whole entire time."

Breanna Wideman had 16 assists, three aces and one block for the Hawks, who improved to 2-5 in the WAC standings. Alyssa Long chipped in with nine digs, six kills and three blocks. Maday Padilla tallied six kills and three aces. Geena Wade collected five kills and three aces. Cheyenne Adney totaled seven digs.

Jade Ruiz dished out a team-high 10 assists for Patterson (1-5). Dani Hansen had seven kills and two blocks. Yosselin Alvarado and Falysha Corral tallied nine digs and two aces, respectively.

Castillo and her players couldn't stop smiling after the match.

"I'm proud of them," she said. "It's one of my most memorable moments because we actually beat them. We earned that win. We were exactly where we needed to be at all times. We didn't get lucky."

Central Valley's final three matches are against Los Banos, Central Catholic and Ceres High. The Tigers, Raiders and Bulldogs defeated the Hawks during the first half of the WAC season.