Patterson swept in nonleague matches
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Despite their effort against Amador High of Sutter Creek on Monday, Sept. 9, the Patterson High varsity volleyball team fell in straight sets to the host Buffaloes (19-25, 15-25, 14-25).

The loss comes on the heels of a 3-0 road defeat to Kimball High of Tracy on Sept. 5. The Tigers fought hard against the Kimball Jaguars but lost by set scores of 22-25, 10-25, 17-25.

"It is definitely an advantage that we have a competitive preseason schedule this year, but I don’t think our performance reflects our ability," said Patterson coach Tarah High. "These athletes have a ton of potential, but come game time we aren't putting out the intensity that we should be bringing and we can't quite pull together our offense and defense."

High wouldn’t say the Tigers (5-3 overall) are fine the way they are — their recent malaise has exposed some holes that will likely need patching before the Western Athletic Conference season begins. But a rough stretch doesn’t mean the team needs dramatic improvement.

"Regardless of our preseason record, we really are striving to hold ourselves accountable as we work out the kinks in these areas," High said.

Senior Dayna Hansen led the Tigers on Monday evening against Amador as she recorded a team-high four kills to go with eight digs. Seniors Samantha Camacho and Tiana Barron each made eight digs, and classmate Mele Tupouata added eight blocks for Patterson.

Against Kimball, Tupouata and senior Kiara Job led the Tigers with four kills apiece. Sophomore Julia Sill added nine assists, Hansen tallied 10 digs and Barron had eight digs.

"If the girls bring their mental and physical game, I expect we will have a successful season," High said.

The Tigers will continue the preseason campaign Thursday, Sept. 12, as they travel to face Golden Valley High of Merced.

PHS wins Foundation Game

Patterson traveled to Gustine High on Sept. 3, for its California Interscholastic Federation Foundation Game.

It won’t count as a regular-season game, but the gate fees support CIF’s athletic scholarships.

Patterson won it in five sets, 25-19, 20-25, 15-25, 25-12, 15-13.

Tupouata paced the Tigers' offense with 12 kills. Sill had six aces, 21 assists and 21 digs, while junior Maria Cortez notched 28 digs for Patterson.

Junior varsity

The JV Tigers were swept by Amador (16-25, 22-25) on Monday in Sutter Creek.

Patterson also dropped its nonleague match Sept. 5 against host Kimball in two sets, 10-25, 18-25.

Freshmen

Patterson High’s freshman volleyball team suffered a 2-0 defeat to host Amador on Monday (12-25, 16-25) before falling against Kimball 2-0 on the road on Sept. 5 (7-25, 20-25).

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

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