The Pitman Pride varsity volleyball team is on a roll heading into Tuesday's anticipated matchup with crosstown foe, Turlock High.
Pitman is still perfect at 5-0 in the Central California Conference after defeating El Capitan on Thursday on a 3-0 sweep, (25-12, 25-15 and 25-21).
“I thought we started strong and that has been one of our goals, which is to start strong,” said Pitman head coach Kristen Pontes-Christian.
They did. It wasn't perfect, but almost close to it, minus the third set.
EC didn't know what hit them in the opening set and heading into the second as the Pride dominated early to go up 2-0 before a tight third set.
“We came out flat in the third, made more mistakes than I would like but we ran some different things to get ready for our game on Tuesday, but overall we played well,” said Pontes-Christian.
The Gauchos battled as best they could with Pitman, tying the match over nine times in the third set alone, but in the end the Pride rolled into a 5-1 run to end it with the help of their stalwarts in Yisel Perez, Kaylin Randhawa and Whitney Barnes.
Perez finished with a team-high nine kills while Randhawa had a pair of blocks and Barnes added seven kills. Kiyanna Torres finished with 22 assists and a pair of aces.
Pitman will next take on Turlock at the Bulldogs gym at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“It will be tough, I know they want it, they always want to beat Pitman,” said Pontes-Christian of playing Turlock. “I know our girls are ready and hungry and I know they will come out and play very tough. Also, we want tough competition, because we are thinking postseason and it is going to help us down the stretch with big tournaments next month.”