Patterson and Central Catholic High of Modesto are deadlocked for second place in the league with 7-3 records.
The WAC rivals entered their contest on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Patterson High, jockeying for playoff position in the final week of the regular season. Results were not available at press time.
"As we head into our final home game against Central Catholic, we are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to hold our placement in league," said Patterson coach Tarah High. "We continue to look forward to the playoffs as we refine our skills at practice for the remainder of the season."
The Tigers beat the Ceres Bulldogs in both of this year’s meetings, including a three-setter at the Patterson High gymnasium on Oct. 2.
On Monday, playing without three varsity starters, Patterson looked to the junior varsity ranks for assistance.
In her first varsity action, Danielle Jenkins tallied a team-high eight kills for Patterson. Teammate Mariele Schut added eight aces from the service line.
Cassie Santelices dished eight assists and scored four kills, and Maria Cortez added seven digs for Patterson. Dayna Hansen contributed four kills, three aces and six digs.
Despite the 3-1 defeat (25-15, 25-10, 24-26, 25-6), Patterson showed improvement against visiting Los Banos High on Oct. 23.
Entering last week's WAC tilt, first-place Los Banos (10-0 WAC) hadn't lost a set, all season.
"We were really pleased with our play against Los Banos, as we banked in on the only lost set in their impeccable record," High said.
Mele Tupouata recorded six kills and five blocks, and Schut had four kills and two aces as the Patterson Tigers lost against their namesake rival. Hansen totaled three aces, six blocks and 14 digs for the match. Kiara Job had five kills, while Julia Sill had 12 assists.
"We really went back to basics with serve-receive," High said.
The JV Tigers moved above .500 for the season with a 25-15, 20-25, 15-13 decision at home against Los Banos on Oct. 23.
Jenkins and Rebecca Ramirez helped secure Patterson's victory, coach Salina Williams said.
Patterson High's freshman volleyball team continued its mastery of WAC opponents Monday, Oct. 28, winning on the road over Ceres, 25-17, 4-25, 15-9.
At 10-0, the Tigers remain unbeaten .
"I was very proud of how this team came back in game three after their loss," said Patterson coach Nancy Sill. "We were composed and executed passing, serving, and a strong offense."
Samantha Dougherty paced Patterson's offense in the win, Sill added.
The Tigers notched a straight-set victory over Los Banos on Oct. 23, winning 25-13, 25-10, 25-17.
"It is critical that the girls remain focused and continue to work hard in the final days of the season," Sill said. "Although the team enjoyed the victory, we do not want to get complacent with our current skill level. Other teams are working hard to beat us."
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