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Prep Volleyball: Buhach Colony perfect no more

ATWATER -- Jaclyn Frank and her Atwater teammates weren't going to repeat the same mistake.

This time they finished off their opponent.

Frank racked up 15 kills and four aces to lead an impressive showing by the Atwater volleyball team in a 25-18, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19 win over cross-town rival Buhach Colony in front of raucous crowd at Atwater High.

"We kept up the intensity the whole time," Frank said. "Against Golden Valley, we lost it for a while.

"We weren't going to have another Golden Valley game tonight. We were going to fight the whole way. We didn't want it to go five games."

Blowing a two-game lead last week to GV was an eye-opener for Atwater (4-1 Central California Coference, 7-1 overall).

It's taken away any margin of error if Atwater is going to win a conference title.

"Golden Valley exposed some of our weaknesses," Atwater coach Toni Muratore said.

"They scored on a lot of tips and dinks in the middle of the court. We weren't able to finish games.

"We've been working on practicing perfect since then. If we have to start a practice over, we start over. If we're in the gym until six at night, we're here until six."

The attention to detail paid off against BC (4-1, 8-1).

Atwater stayed on the attack and never let Buhach Colony catch its breath.

Frank, Kaylyn Schriber, Cassie Fensin, Kahea Smith and Nicole Heller dominated up front for Atwater.

"Atwater was just a better team," BC coach Michelle Osmer said. "They played aggressive the whole match.

"We couldn't string anything together and Atwater did."

Megan Callahan led Buhach Colony with 19 kills and Britney Gasper picked up 31 assists.

It was a win Atwater needed to stay near the top of the CCC standings with BC and GV (5-0) -- with one match to play in the first half.

"It's us, Golden Valley and Buhach," Frank said.

"After losing to Golden Valley, we had to beat Buhach to stay in it. Now we're right back in it."

Meanwhile, it's Buhach Colony that faces a crucial match on Thursday with GV coming to town.

"It's huge," Osmer said. "That's what I just told the girls: 'How bad do you want it?' "

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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