Patterson loses grip against Central Catholic
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Nov 07, 2013 | 687 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A pair of Western Athletic Conference volleyball teams that plan to compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs this year got a late-season chance to test themselves against each other Oct. 30, at Patterson High's gymnasium.

The Patterson Tigers, locked in a tie for second place in the league with the Central Catholic Raiders, drew the Modesto-based squad for its home finale.

The visitors used four games to subdue the Tigers in a clash of WAC foes, claiming victory 23-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20.

Patterson (7-4 WAC) showed glimpses of potential on Senior Night but suffered lulls of mistake-filled play that led to its defeat.

"We will not be successful in playoffs with this type of skill level," said Patterson coach Tarah High. "We weren't quite where we needed to be tonight, and we didn't show a lot of progression or drive."

Patterson's Riquel Benitez, Samantha Camacho, Dayna Hansen, Kiara Job, Mariele Schut and Mele Tupouata took to the court inside the Patterson High gym for the final time against Central Catholic (8-3 WAC).

Though their seniors didn't celebrate a win on their night, the Tigers can embrace the fight they showed to make it close early in the match, Schut said.

"We're satisfied, but at the same time we want to go far in the playoffs," Schut said. "We know that we need to improve our game if we want to stand a chance to do that. We'll be practicing a lot more to prepare (for the postseason)."

Schut had eight kills and eight digs against the Raiders. Tupouata tallied six kills and seven blocks, and junior Cassie Santelices had three aces and 19 assists.

Hansen added six blocks and 17 digs, while Benitez had 11 digs for the Tigers.

"The seniors are a good group of girls. A lot of them, I had their freshman year, when I coached the freshman team," High said. "To see them progress to this level, and see their skills develop -- I couldn't ask for a better squad."

The Tigers will hit the road on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to do battle with the four-seeded team from the Valley Oak League Oakdale High (24-6 overall) in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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