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TVL Showdown: Hilmar volleyball sweeps Hughson 3-0
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Mariah Ahid of Hilmar tallied a team-high 14 kills and added a pair of aces in Tuesday's straight sets sweep over Hughson. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal

Juniors Mariah Ahid tallied a team-high 14 kills and Hannah Pearce added a game-high 31 assists as the Hilmar Yellowjackets went on to sweep the Hughson Huskies on Tuesday in a Trans-Valley League showdown, 3-0.


“They were a lot more consistent tonight, our serving was good and our passing was there more and they’ve been working a lot on that,” said Hilmar head coach Patti Harris. “Our consistency has helped us a lot so far, our consistency with the back row, and we are getting there.”


They already seem to be there or near after amassing a 6-1 league record thus far.


Their only loss came at the hands of TVL favorite, the Ripon Indians, who swept the 'Jackets in a 3-0 contest back on Sept. 22.


Since then, Hilmar has won four straight league contests. Three of the four consecutive wins have been in straight sets.


“The way I told them is to forget about Ripon and let’s move on and look ahead and focus on each game and focus on winning each game, playing hard and working on defense,” said Harris. “We were really off that game.”


They seemed comfortable on Tuesday night, playing a smooth and consistent game.


Freshmen Olivia Peterson and Julia Gonsalves added some strength coming off the bench and assisting the veteran group that consists of Ahid, Pearce, Miranda Gray, Erin Benning, Kassidy Mendes, Brittany Yarnell and Makayla Fontes.


Together, they went on to take out Hughson in the first set with a 25-10 win.


Hughson called a total of four timeouts in the first two sets, but nothing seemed to slow down Hilmar as they came out of the second timeout of the second set, up 22-16.


From there, Hilmar cruised into a 25-18 victory and a 2-0 lead heading into the third and final set.


“I want them to come out and play their best 100 percent,” said Harris. “There will always be a team better than you, but that is why you just need to control what you control and go out and play 100 percent and if you do that, you did your best, and I think we can do it.”


They went on to win the final set 25-16, cruising into the team’s sixth league win in seven games.


Benning finished with six blocks and Gray added 20 digs. Ahid and Pearce also finished with a pair of aces each.


Hilmar's next game will possibly be the bid for the TVL title, as they take on first place Ripon (7-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.