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Pride over Thunder in three
Number one Pitman faces number two Turlock next
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Pride senior Lindsey Vander Weide hits one of 14 kills recorded during Pitman's Sept. 29 win over Turlock. Pitman will face Turlock on the court again on Wednesday. - photo by Journal file photo

Though its girls can no longer claim to be straight-set winners through all of their matches, Pitman High is still undefeated and seemingly on its way to its fourth consecutive Central California Conference volleyball championship.


Exactly one week after dropping their first set of the season to Golden Valley High, the Pride (9-0 CCC) beat Buhach Colony High handily 3-0 (25-9, 25-10, and 25-8). Pitman is now a full four games ahead of second place Golden Valley and Turlock High—both tied for second with a record of 5-3— as it approaches the third and final round of league play.


“They were definitely disappointed, but I would say that it was a good reminder of the fact that, you know, we need to be ready going into every match, and we definitely weren't in that match,” Pitman head coach Kristen Pontes said of her team's set loss to the Cougars.


The Pride were far from flat on Monday, however, as they were led by Maddy Halteman and Lindsey Vander Weide in the straight-set beat down. Halteman recorded 11 aces and 23 assists and Vander Wide notched 14 kills as Pitman fine tuned its game for today's match against Turlock High.


“We know that they have two great outside hitters, Victoria and Jadyn,” Pontes said of the Bulldogs.


Wednesday's match will mark the end of the second round of CCC play and put only five more matches—not including Saturday's Stockton Classic Tournament—between the Pride and perfection.


“Obviously, our end goal it to win CCC. We'd love to do it undefeated and we're looking forward to the post-season,” Pontes said.


Wednesday's match will be the third between the cross town rivals, though only the second in CCC play. The match will begin at 6 p.m. and is being hosted at Pitman.