The Tigers played a close final set, but still finished with a 3-2 loss on the road to the Central Catholic Raiders. The Modesto-based squad won it with scores of 14-25, 25-11, 25-19, 24-26, 8-15.
"This match will increase our hunger later in league play to put a win on record against notorious Central Catholic," said Patterson coach Tarah High. "It's an incentive to play flawlessly when they come to Patterson for Senior Night (on Oct. 30)."
Dayna Hansen (11 digs, seven blocks) and Mariele Schut led the visitors at the offensive end with nine kills each, and teammates Kiara Job (eight digs) and Mele Tupouata (six blocks) assisting with six kills apiece.
Julia Sill tallied 27 assists and 18 digs, while Maria Cortez had nine digs and Esther Ekwueme notched four blocks for the Tigers (3-2 Western Athletic Conference).
"Although our offensive stats are high, our offensive and defensive errors weighed heavily on our performance," High said. "With 10 missed serves throughout the match and with only slim point differentials between games, you can definitely say Patterson lost rather than simply saying that Central Catholic won."
Patterson added a win to its WAC record on Thursday, Oct. 3, at home.
The Tigers blanked the Ceres High Bulldogs 3-0, keeping the advantage most of the night, with set scores of 25-16, 25-6, 25-21.
Tupouata and Hansen led Patterson at the net with six kills and five kills, respectively, adding effective blocks and well-placed shots throughout the match to give the Tigers an advantage.
"Our seniors are really showing their leadership, both at practice and on our record," High said. "I have been especially impressed with the consistency of Hansen in both defense and offense."
Sill contributed seven aces, eight digs and 11 assists, Ekwueme had four kills and two blocks and Cortez added eight digs.
"Although equal in statistical performance, our players are really starting to define their roles on the team," High said.
The Tigers will continue their season at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, when they host Los Banos' Pacheco High Panthers.
The JV Tigers played a close opening set but were unable to overcome WAC rival Ceres on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Patterson High School.
The Ceres Bulldogs won 2-0 with game scores of 25-21, 25-12.
With their fifth consecutive league win, the first-place Patterson freshman volleyball team recently moved to 5-0 in the WAC.
"The Tiger squad continues to improve as the season progresses," said coach Nancy Sill.
The Tigers won two conference games — a 2-0 home victory Thursday, Oct. 3 over Ceres and a 2-0 shutout Monday, Oct. 7, over host Central Catholic.
Patterson prevailed against Ceres with game scores of 25-21, 25-15, while the Tigers topped Central Catholic with game scores of 25-19, 25-13.
Serving and passing were strong against the Raiders, according to Nancy Sill.
"Faith Mamea led the team on offense with solid, consistent play at the net," Nancy Sill said. "Samantha Dougherty also had an impressive game, and did a great job in her set selection. Emma Hansen served for a total of 17 points in the two-game match."
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