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Pride volleyball ups the Thunder in CCC contest

Pride volleyball ups the Thunder in CCC contest

Pitman High’s Terri Gallon serves the ball back to the Thunder side in Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Buhach Colony.


POSTED October 10, 2013 10:17 p.m.

The Pitman High volleyball team has now won six straight matches, in straight sets, after defeating their Central California Conference opponents, Buhach Colony on Thursday (25-16, 25-19, and 25-14).

Coming off a strong performance against Golden Valley on Tuesday, the Pride picked up right where they left off, dominating the entire game, and wearing down the Thunder till the end.

“We came off of a great match against G.V. and we did everything the way we should have done this time again,” Pitman head coach Kristen Pontes said. “It’s always difficult going into the next match with the same tempo, but the girls fought and battled till the end to get the win.”

Buhach came ready to fight at the beginning of each set, but every time they came within a point, the Pride would quickly jump back on top. The only time that the Thunder came within reach was the final set as they took a quick 5-3 lead, this would be the largest lead of the match for them as the Pride was too much to handle.

“I think we had to work on intensity and consistency staying up, but they finished strong and I wanted to control Buhach each set and they did just that, I am very proud of the girls,” Pontes said.

Senior Melinda Gonzales had five kills and three blocks on the day. Maddy Halteman was phenomenal the entire match as she finished with 36 assists. Ashleigh Phelps came in and had eight digs while junior standout Lindsey Vander Weide topped out with 15 kills.

Pitman now had a solid lead in the CCC with a perfect 8-0 record that includes a 22-2 overall stint thus far as they head into the final month of the season.

“Finishing the second half of league contests we are just trying to keep up the motivation and trying to have that intensity from match-to-match so were going into every match thinking our opponent is going to have the best night they ever had,” Pontes said. “We need to keep battling out till the last second because we are very focused on keeping our unforced errors down, being consistent and working as a team from beginning to end.”

The Pride will host Atwater High at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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