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Pride volley season ends in quarterfinal loss
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Madison Hall of Pitman gets down for a dig in Tuesday’s win over Davis. The Pride fell to Pleasant Grove in the quarterfinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-I playoffs, 3-1, on Thursday night (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

The four-year streak of Division-I Sac-Joaquin Section titles earned by either Pitman or Turlock high volleyball teams came to a close on Thursday afternoon when the Pitman Pride were eliminated in the quarterfinal battle with Pleasant Grove that ended in a 3-1 loss.

“We had some goals, one was league and we were very happy to accomplish that,” said Pitman head coach Kristen Pontes-Christian. “Despite our first league loss, but going into the second round is better than last year of being out in the first round.”

Last year, the Pride were eliminated in the first round while they reached the quarterfinals this year and also earned the first ever Central California Athletic League title after finishing 9-1 during the year.

Pitman came out right away and looked to set the tempo after they took the first set 25-22.

In the second, PG returned the favor and won it 25-22.

Tied at 1-1, all bets were off but PG was able to fend off Pitman in the third, 25-23.

A rally was closing in for Pitman in the fourth, but a PG timeout with two points left to win drew a rally of their own and they won the fourth 25-21 to complete the win and advance to the section semifinal.

Emma Hirschkorn tallied a team-high 18 kills, Emily Vander Weide followed with 13 and Avery Carlson added eight.

Haley Freeman tallied a team-high 46 assists while Madison King added two blocks.

Hirschkorn also added 37 digs and Hall added 27. Cierra Verdone finished with 21 digs and a pair of aces.

Pitman closes their year with a 23-12 overall record.