LB volleyball defeats Orestimba

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 30, 2012 

Los Banos High volleyball coach Greg Soliz wanted to change things up in the third game of Wednesday's match against Orestimba, and give his less experienced players a chance to play in front of the home crowd.

It almost backfired after Orestimba dismantled LB in the third game. The Tigers turned things around in the fourth game to win 25-9, 25-20, 12-25, 25-17.

"It's preseason, and we're trying to get everyone playing time," Soliz said. "At the same time, I think we didn't execute very well, and at times we struggled."

Sophomore Jade Fachin led the Tigers with 14 kills and 10 digs, while Colleen Allen racked up 26 assists.

Coming off a Foundation Game loss to Golden Valley on Monday and a non-league loss to Atwater on Tuesday, getting in the win column was important for a team that has playoff hopes.

"We played well enough to win those games," Soliz said. "But the most disappointing part of last night is we played hard against Atwater, and not to take anything away from Orestimba, but we kind of played at their level."

What did work, though, was his players' transition play and blocking. So what to work on heading into this weekend's Reno Tournament, which draws teams from all over Nevada and northern California?

"Our ball control isn't where I want it to be at this point in time," Soliz said. "That was kind of the big key."

Across town, Pacheco's games didn't go as well, with a 3-0 loss to Gregori in Monday's Foundation Game. The Panthers did get their first win of the season in the weekend's Orestimba Tournament, defeating Millennium out of Tracy before dropping a 25-19, 25-21 loss to Modesto.

Water polo

Pacheco's water polo teams hit the water on Monday against Tracy, with the varsity boys losing 10-8 and the varsity girls dropping a 22-7 decision. The JV girls emerged victorious with a 10-7 win, and the JV boys lost 8-5.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

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