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Hilmar volleyball continues to play well; 2-0 start in league
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Hilmars Emily Baptista had 14 kills, 11 aces and one block in Mondays home league opener over Mountain House.

If the Hilmar High varsity volleyball team continues to execute their game-plan like they did on Monday night, then the opposing teams are going to find it very difficult during league play to top the Yellowjackets.

Hilmar (2-0) is off to a fast start in the Trans Valley League after an overbearing beat down against Mountain House (0-2) at home on Monday night with a 3-0 performance (25-8, 25-7 and 25-9).

“It was pretty clean, since the girls didn’t drop their game and stayed consistent,” said Hilmar head coach Patti Harris. “I put in other girls and it was fine, they didn’t fall apart at any point. It was a consistent game for us so that was good.”

Consistent is an understatement as Hilmar was efficient in all games for the most part, even after missing only seven serves all game.

In the first game, Hilmar missed only two serves and came out with motivation to dominate the game and play to their standards.

“It’s important because those are some of the things we are trying to work on, is playing the same way no matter who we play,” Harris said. “We always have to play our game instead of their game, so it was good we didn’t drop our level. We played at our level.”

It was no problem, after amassing a 10-point lead and the ‘Jackets rallied to win the first game by 17.

With a deep team, they all contributed in Monday’s contest, led by Emily Baptista’s 14 kills, 11 aces and one block.

In game two, it was Kassidy Mendes’ serving that caused problems for the Mustangs.

Hilmar went on to lead 16-0 in the second game after multiple aces from Mendes during that span.

The Mustangs were forced to call all their timeouts during the night to try and stop the tempo for Hilmar but nothing worked for the visitors.

“We hardly rotated, and it was a tough game in that sense but we stayed focused,” said Harris of game two.

The second game was the biggest lopsided victory of the night, where Hilmar won by 18 points followed by an outstanding third game.

Baptista tallied 10 of her 11 aces in a row in the third game and the ‘Jackets cruised through for the seventh overall win of the season.

“The girls stayed focused on trying to keep them to fewer than 10, that was a goal of ours heading into the game so it worked,” said Harris of the finale.

Hannah Pearce finished with 20 assists and Avery Martin tallied a game-high nine digs.

Hilmar’s next game will be at Hughson against the Huskies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.