Turlock High's turnaround season on the volleyball court met its end at the hands of Lincoln High Tuesday night, but it wasn't without a fight.
The first match of the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs was a five-set war between the Bulldogs and Trojans, sparked by a first set battle that ended in Turlock's favor, 35-33.
“That's the first time I've ever played a game that went to 35-33,” Turlock head coach Amber Castillon said. “It was insane. It was just point for point for so long. They just battled.”
Turlock rode the wave of momentum from its first set to a second set win, 25-19, but ultimately fell victim to a Lincoln comeback as the Trojans swept the remaining sets (22-25, 20-25 and 11-15) for the 3-2 win.
“We got down and just couldn't get back,” Castillon said. “We almost came back in the fourth set. It was just a little too late.”
Senior captain Victoria Larsen finished the night, and her high school career, with one of her best performances as she recorded 30 kills and three aces.
“She played her heart out, just like you would expect from your top senior,” Castillon said.
Freshman captain Julia Handy also had a good showing with 48 assists, four kills and an ace while freshman Jadyn Tubbs and junior Emily Romo recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
“We're so excited for next year. We are going to miss Victoria something terrible, but there are so many players that are still there,” Castillon said. “Next year is very bright.”