Coming off a devastating loss to Stone Ridge Christian on Monday, the Turlock Christian High varsity volleyball team put the loss behind them and brought back their winning ways on Tuesday.
TC came out strong from the onset when they traveled to Big Valley Christian on Tuesday for a Central California Athletic Association battle.
There was no stopping TC, which played up to their potential and won the game in straight sets, 3-0, [25-15, 25-18 and 25-21].
“We figured out what we did wrong and we had an amazing game,” said TC head coach Pam Franco. “We knew we had it in them and the girls found what worked for them. They figured it out, but I knew this team was in them; couldn’t be prouder of them.”
“Monday night was probably the worst game we ever had, we did not play as a team, not together. But today, we stepped it up and showed we are a team and we can do it,” said TC senior Meghan Mark. “This was a big win for us, we needed this.”
TC is now tied with Big Valley Christian and Stone Ridge Christian for first place at 5-1 each.
“We knew we needed this win if we wanted to stay in the hunt with Stone Ridge and Big Valley,” said Franco. “We brought the intensity tonight.”
With no time for practice, Franco was quick to serve up some words of wisdom for her team before Tuesday’s game and it worked.
TC came out and played the way Franco knew they could — consistent.
The team was dishing up the digs when they needed it and managing the game as they set themselves up for a nice straight set victory.
“We had a really big talk with our coach and she motivated and told us we can all play together and we have to want it for ourselves,” said Mark.
Behind Mark’s and Nicky Sander’s 44 digs, the Eagles of TC forced the Lions to play uncomfortable and it showed on the scoreboard.
“After Monday's game where we did not play as a team, it was unacceptable and tonight [Tuesday] we had a come to Jesus moment and we wanted that game,” said Sanders, who finished with 20 digs. “We wanted to take it to Big Valley and we took it one game and point at a time.”
Sanders also tacked on 11 kills and 12 serve receives. Mark finished with a game-high 24 digs and 12 serve receives.
“This win was probably one of the biggest games because we knew we could pull through,” Mark added. “We need to work hard and give all we have and let a bad game stay in the past, behind us.”