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Turlock volleyball tops Golden Valley
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Courtney Crivelli hustles to keep the ball in play during the second set of Turlocks 3-1 victory over Golden Valley on Tuesday. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Turlock High volleyball hosted its first home match of the Central California Conference season Tuesday night when Golden Valley High rolled into town in an attempt to hand the Bulldogs their second league loss.

The Cougars started strong with a hard fought first-set win over Turlock, but the on-court success didn’t last as the Bulldogs claimed the next three sets as their own for a 3-1 victory (14-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19).

“Some players are definitely rising to the top. I have some weapons that are really nice to have,” Turlock head coach Amber Castillon said. “It’s still a work in progress, but tonight they showed me a lot of growth.”

After letting a first set that saw eight lead changes slip away, Turlock fought back with the help of Victoria Larson, Emily Romo, Courtney Crivelli, and Lauren Clark. Larson finished with 19 kills while Crivelli locked in 35 assists. Romo also in chipped offensively with 7 kills of her own as her presence at the net and the combination of Larson’s power and Crivelli’s hustle emerged in the second set and carried them through the rest.

“They’re all doing really well,” Castillon said.

Turlock’s defensive game also flourished late in the match as it allowed the fewest points of the night in the last two sets. Larson and Romo combined for five blocks while Clark kept the ball in play with 15 digs.

The Bulldogs are now 2-1 in the CCC with another home match scheduled for Thursday against Merced High.