League play is coming to a conclusion for the Southern Athletic League as Denair and Delhi High varsity volleyball teams squared off in their penultimate matchup of the season in a friendly rivalry match that was exciting from start to finish.
Both teams were coming off a losing streak and were looking to snap it. In the end, Delhi was able to come out on top after winning the final three sets, 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-23 and 26-24).
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Delhi and gives them their third SAL victory of the season.
The Hawks are now 3-10 in league and 4-13 overall.
Denair has lost seven straight since beating Delhi back on Sept. 27 in a 3-2 final.
The Coyotes of Denair came out ready in the first set and earned the two-point win in a 25-23 final.
Delhi went on to win the next three convincingly, earning the second set win by the largest margin of victory at 25-14. The third set ended with a 25-23 win and the fourth set was a 26-24 final.
“Most games were close,” said Delhi head coach Erik Supnet.
Delhi will close out SAL play at Mariposa at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Denair will close out league play with Senior Night at home against Gustine at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Turlock boys polo stuns Buhach Colony; CCC title hunt heats up
The Turlock High varsity boys water polo team got a taste of what it feels like to be on top when they took first place Buhach Colony by surprise on the road after an 8-7 victory on Monday.
“It was cool; the boys played their hearts out. Both teams played really tough defense, but we played together just a bit more,” said Raynes.
With the win, Turlock improves to 9-2 in league play while BC goes to 10-1 with one game remaining.
“Depending on the game on Wednesday it could be a three-way tie for the CCC,” said Raynes. “We could still get co-champ, maybe, if we beat Buhach and another team beats them too.”
Prior to Monday’s result, BC had won 10 consecutive CCC matchups by multiple goals.
BC’s final game will be at Atwater, which is also 9-2.
Monday’s matchup was a close one. Turlock went up first, but every time they put up a goal, BC responded to tie it.
“We scored first then they would tie it then we would score and we would tie it,” said Raynes. “We were down by two at one point, but we tied it again. Then went up by one.”
With 23 seconds left in the fourth and up by one, Turlock just had to control the ball and run out the clock, but they saw an empty cage and it was tempting.
The ball missed, and BC was left with an opportunity on offense, only nothing happened.
“We played the defense of our lives and they didn’t get a shot off and we beat them in their own pool,” Raynes added.
Turlock’s Noah Benson had four goals and two steals. Matt Hesse added four goals, one assist and two steals. Cole Marchy finished with six steals and Brandon Dhanowa added seven blocks for the game.