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Varsity Volleyball Girls Take Down Non-League Opponents
Taking a win against Central Catholic in four games on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in non-league action, the Lady Cougars lost the first but then reeled off three straight to take the road contest by a 3-1 margin.

The varsity girls fell in the opener, 21-25, but regrouped and stormed back to take the next three hotly contested games, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18. They won without the front row presence of kills leader Kaitlyn Brayton and coach Teresa Williamson said it was a good test for the players, to see how they would respond if Brayton was available only in a limited role. Without her there to notch the kills, other players stepped up and it was a total team effort to get the win.

It was back on the road for another non-league match on Wednesday, as the girls headed to Calaveras.

"They have a very fast offense," Williamson said.

The Cougars won an epic 30-28 battle in the first game, then dropped straight decisions of 19-25 and 24-26 to go down by two games to one in the match. Finding some reserve in the tank, the girls fought their way back, winning game four 25-19 to force the deciding fifth game. They won that one, 15-11, to win the match 3-2.

Williamson said it was a testament to the girls' drive and desire to win, coming back from a deficit on the road.

With some strong players back for another year, the girls are poised to make a run in Trans-Valley League play.

The girls were involved in the Golden Valley Invitational over the weekend and hosted some games in that tourney on Friday, before hitting the road for contests on Saturday. Results were not available at press time.

Games this week will matter; Trans-Valley League play kicked off on Tuesday for the girls at Ripon Christian and they will host Hughson in another TVL contest on Thursday, Sept. 17.