The Tigers struggled to score against Los Banos, falling 12-25, 10-25, 12-25, but the road squad still picked up a few lessons.
"We finally recognized the competitiveness of our league," said Patterson coach Tarah High. "We were caught off guard by their fast offense, and it really shows that it is time for us to pick up the pace if we want to fight for a league title or make it to playoffs."
Patterson notched a straight-set victory over the Central Valley Hawks, 25-13, 25-10, 25-17.
Esther Ekwueme recorded nine kills and three blocks, and teammate Kiara Job had five kills as the Tigers won against the Ceres-based school. Julia Sill totaled 18 assists, six digs and three aces for the match. Dayna Hansen had 12 digs, while Samantha Camacho and Mariele Schut had three aces apiece.
The JV Tigers split two league matches, dropping a 16-25, 14-25 decision at Los Banos on Monday, Sept. 30, after winning at home against Central Valley, 25-17, 20-25, 16-14, on Sept. 25.
The freshman Tigers swept a couple of WAC matches, earning a 25-13, 25-13 victory against host Los Banos on Monday, Sept. 30, after cruising at home over Central Valley, 25-7, 28-26, on Sept. 25.
Against Los Banos, Princess Molina-Chang helped bolster Patterson's surge with a string of eight straight points. Teammate Emma Hansen scored seven consecutive points during the match.
"Solid passing and offense reflected (the team's) mastery of core fundamentals and dominance on the court," High said.
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