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Prep Roundup: GV rallies to knock off Buhach

Matt Thissen had a reason to be worried.

His Golden Valley volleyball team was coming off an emotional five-game win over crosstown rivals Merced two nights ago.

On Wednesday night, it was undefeated Buhach Colony coming to town.

"My concern was could we get up for a big game twice," Thissen said. "After

the way we played in the first game, I was really concerned."

GV turned it around.

Golden Valley climbed into a share of the Central California Conference lead with a 17-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 win at Cougar Arena.

"That first game was almost like getting punched in the mouth," Thissen said.

"We got out of a daze. All that time we put in during the summer, the preseason, flying across the country -- that was all to get ready for tonight's game."

Every thing just finally caught up to Buhach.

Michelle Osmer's girls have been playing short-handed all season.

BC is without one of its top hitters Faye Olzack because of a medical condition.

Reigning CCC MVP Becca Osmer is playing with a torn ACL.

Buhach was without its libero, Kayla Clarot, on Wednesday. The defensive specialist was in the hospital with stomach pains.

"The list of major things these girls have had to overcome is a long one," Michelle Osmer said.

"They were worried about Kayla being in the hospital and possibly having surgery.

"You have to put that aside and play, but there's just so many things you can overcome."

Without Clarot, Buhach -- which had won its six CCC matches because of a strong defense -- struggled to control the ball.

The passes were off the mark and the Osmer's girls couldn't get in a rhythm on offense.

"It shouldn't have made the big a difference, but it must have," Osmer said.

"It wasn't just her position that was falling apart out there."

Just like he did against Merced, Thissen turned to his bench for a spark against BC.

Jessa McMillen and Krista Copus both helped GV take control of the match.

McMillen finished with five kills and two blocks.

Copus saw action when Thissen decided his top player Gianna Bandoni needed a break.

"Jessa and Krista were both huge tonight," Thissen said. "They're a big reason why we won."

Kaitlin Davidson led Golden Valley (6-1 CCC) with 10 kills and two blocks.

Alyssa Wakefield led Buhach with eight kills and four blocks.

"Tonight we saw the team we're used to seeing," Thissen said. "It was also not a team we're used to seeing from Buhach. It was very uncharacteristic for them.

"They're a very, very good team. This game is all about ball control. That's why they beat everybody."



ATWATER -- Pitman came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Atwater 12-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13.

Kahea Smith led Atwater with 15 kills.


TURLOCK -- Buhach Colony wrapped up a perfect 6-0 run through the CCC with wins over Los Banos and Atwater.

Atwater's Stephanie Uriostegue turned in the top time of 17:25.

Buhach's Jennifer Ramos finished in second with a time of 18:38.


TURLOCK -- Buhach Colony's Andrew Ray finished first with a time of 15:30 to help BC defeat Los Banos.

Atwater's Lorenzo Robels finished second as Atwater defeated Buhach. Atwater finished with a 5-1 record in the CCC.