ATWATER -- Michelle Osmer isn't ready to label her girls as contenders just yet.
The Buhach Colony volleyball coach is happy about their 2-0 start in the Central California Conference.
Osmer watched her team finish off a sweep of the Merced schools in the opening week of CCC play with a 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 win over Merced on Wednesday at the Thunder Dome.
BC knocked off Golden Valley 3-1 on Monday.
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"We've still got to play a lot better than we did tonight," Osmer said. "We can't get by playing like this in the second round of games."
Osmer felt her team might fall into the role of spoiler earlier this season.
Without their top two hitters Becca Osmer (torn ACL) and Faye Olzack (medical reasons), Buhach struggled to a 1-3 non-conference record.
Osmer has returned and is limping around the court with a brace on and Olzack should return at some point this season.
Without big-time hitters up front, BC must rely on its defense and intelligence.
"They pick every thing up," said Merced coach Brooke Wilson, whose team dropped to 0-1 in the CCC and 2-3 overall.
"They don't let anything fall. They have a couple good hitters and they place the ball in good spots.
"They're not powerful but they're smart. They put the ball in spots we didn't cover."
Merced struggled to cover Buhach Colony's barrage of dinks and tips over the block.
As the balls softly hit the floor, the points lit up the scoreboard.
Middleblocker Alyssa Wakefield is one BC player with a little power behind her shots.
The junior finished with a match-high 14 kills and six blocks.
"It was a big game for her," Osmer said. "We need her to come on strong like that every week."
Kayla Clarot led Buhach with 29 digs.
After dropping the first game, Merced came out strong in the second game.
However, Buhach regained control of the match and momentum down the stretch.
"That second game -- that's us," said Merced's Erika Marmolejo, who finished with eight kills and four blocks.
"We came out with a little first-game jitters. But we need to play like we did in that second game. We're going to be in it this year."
Apparently, so is Buhach, who would have been considered the CCC favorite before the injuries.
"We're going to have to work hard for every game this season," Osmer said. "But we're only going to get better. We definitely haven't peaked yet.
"I can't say I expected to start out 2-0. I hoped for it."
GOLDEN VALLEY 3
Gianna Bandoni racked up 15 kills and three aces to help Golden Valley even its record in the CCC at 1-1 with a 14-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24 win.
LOS BANOS 3
LOS BANOS -- Los Banos handed Atwater its first loss of the season with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 win.
Jaclyn Frank led Atwater (1-1 CCC) with six kills and 10 assists.
MODESTO CHRISTIAN 229
MODESTO -- Presli Pilati led MC with a 42. Alyssa Ybarra turned in Livingston's top score with a 66.
COLLEGE MEN WATER POLO
SANTA ROSA 13
Devyn Rocha and Erik Baymiller each scored two goals apiece for the Blue Devils (4-7).
Goalie Derek Alley stopped nine shots.
WOMEN WATER POLO
SANTA ROSA 12
Kara Andrews found the net three times and finished with four steals for Merced (0-1 Big 8, 9-4 overall).