The Pitman High varsity volleyball team surpassed another milestone on Wednesday night.
For the 50th consecutive time dating back to the 2011 season, the Pride notched a Central California Conference victory after defeating Atwater High in the team's home league opener in straight sets, 3-0, (25-8, 25-10 and 25-16).
“I will have to remind the girls of their accomplishment because this is motivation because what they have done in over three years, it’s pride and we want to keep it going,” Pitman head coach Kristen Pontes-Christian said. “It’s more significant because it’s more than for the team, for everyone associated.”
During that span, the Pride have also won four consecutive CCC titles, hung a Section banner and been crowned State runner-ups.
“First goal is to win league, like last few years and keep it going; no pressure but they have it in their back and we been doing it for the past and future players,” Pontes-Christian said.
Wednesday's contest was another example of the team's fire power once again.
The Pride came out and rocked the house, handling Atwater with no problem at all, winning both games by 15-points or more.
“The girls were pumped up being the first league game and all. They were very excited,” Pontes-Christian said about the game. “We focused on our goals and they definitely played well consistently.”
One of the team goals was to continue to improve their speed.
The team stayed focused, backed up by Whitney Barnes and Yisel Perez's 12 kills each. Kaylin Randhawa finished with11 kills, two blocks and three aces and the Pride just rolled into another straight sets victory.
Kiyanna Torres tallied with 45 assists and Lauren Solis added a game-high 16 digs.
“We got to play all 13 of our players which is great because they all got the touches we wanted,” Pontes-Christian said. “It’s important for them all to get playing time because it’s a confidence booster and we need them all. We want everyone to feel part of the team no matter who it is.
“We picked up our blocking and had some great offensive kills. Our offense picked it up and they worked and put it in play and kept the errors down as well,” Pontes-Christian added.
Pitman's next contest will be on the road against Golden Valley at 6 p.m. Wednesday.