Local volleyball rivals compete

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 5, 2012 

Pacheco's volleyball team is steadily improving, but still can't quite hang with Western Athletic Conference-leading Los Banos.

The Tigers defeated Pacheco in straight sets Wednesday evening, setting the Panthers down 25-17, 25-10, 25-14.

"It was a good game. Pacheco's improving, and that's a good thing," Los Banos coach Greg Soliz said. "Their coach is doing a good job with them, and it's good to see. It's good for our league."

Los Banos sophomore Jade Fachin led with 13 kills, but her day was a little tougher with Pacheco's Jasmine Garcia holding down the middle. Garcia finished with 8 blocks.

"She contained some of their girls on the other side," Pacheco coach Cory Henwood said. "She makes them think twice about hitting at her."

Pacheco's offense was more spread out, with Keana Lee-Mamea putting down 4 kills.

The win left Los Banos (12-11, 5-0) undefeated in WAC play, and bumped them over .500 for the first time this year.

"We're really trying to stay focused and get better," Soliz said. "We're trying to get our offense a little faster and just trying to be quicker on the court."

Pacheco held its defense up as an example of its improvement, but the players agreed there was one area that still needs improvement, and that was serve receive.

"The whole thing, the reason why there were gaps in the game was because our serve receive was poor," Henwood said. "Only in gaps, though. In certain times -- the rest of the time was great. But we'd let them have one 5, 6, or 7, and that was the difference in most of the game."

Jenna Gilardi did the most damage against Pacheco's serve receive with 5 aces.

Pacheco hosts Patterson on Monday, while Los Banos travels to Livingston, the only other team undefeated in WAC play.

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