Coming off a tough loss to Tracy last Thursday the Turlock High varsity volleyball team managed to overcome those mistakes to defeat Central California Conference opponent Atwater in Tuesday's home contest that ended in straight sets, 3-0 (26-24, 25-27 and 25-9).
“Overall, they are still figuring it out. At times we feel we got it all figured it but other times its just back to the drawing board but it’s okay,” said Turlock head coach Amber Lugo. “They have friends on the other side of the net and they maybe came out a little relaxed, but it turned out well.”
The turnout was a win but after the first set, the result didn't appear that it would be such an easy task for the Bulldogs.
Atwater led by as many as eight points during the opening set with the score reading 12-4, before Turlock was able to overcome the deficit.
“I feel we went into the first without any momentum since we hadn't really scouted them much at all,” said Jazmyn Tubbs. “We really hadn't seen how they played. We started to get used to it and then we picked it up from there.”
Turlock managed to rebuttal with a 12-4 run to tie it at 16 apiece and then from there on it was a swing of momentum for the longest set of the night.
Both sides tied the game five different times until finally with a 24-24 score, Turlock called a timeout and coming off the break, they went on a 2-0 run to win it.
“I felt like the first set was a warm up game,” said Turlock's Isabella Bush. “We needed to work on talking out on the court. We just needed to chat from front row to back row and identify the weaknesses on the other side.”
They identified it and attacked it with a fury going into a big run in the second and third sets.
Turlock's Sophie Bigler added five kills, Audrey Dykzeul finished with four kills and Jadyn Tubbs tallied six kills with nine digs for the game, all contributing to the wins.
Aside from these three, Julia Handy, Brett Hanson and Jazmyn Tubbs were all standouts for the game and were big down the stretch for the Bulldogs.
“We definitely played our game well in the second or third. We had a lot more communication in the final two sets, our servicing kept improving as well,” said Jazmyn Tubbs.
Handy added a game-high 33 assists to go with her five aces, three blocks and three digs. Jazmyn Tubbs tallied four aces, seven kills and four digs, while Hanson had six digs.
“Once we get into our groove, and get our chemistry going, we trust each other and we are tough to beat when we are on,” said Bush, who finished with a team-high nine kills.
Turlock's next game will be on the road against Golden Valley at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s definitely a satisfying win. Every win is important, but we went in there figuring ourselves out,” said Jazmyn Tubbs.