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Volleyball: Buhach Colony won't be denied

ATWATER -- For Megan Callahan the entire match turned on a facial.

The Buhach Colony junior's naturally pink cheek became a little rosier when she unloaded a ball straight into the waiting arms of Sacramento Rio Americano's Rachel Vartanian.

The ball caromed off of Vartanian and right back into the face of Callahan.

It was a new experience for Callahan -- who has been on the delivering end of her share of facials this season -- but it was also a fitting end to a forgettable third game in Tuesday night's Sac Joaquin Section Division II first-round playoff game.

"I was really mad about that," Callahan said. "It was embarrassing. Now I know how other people feel when I've done it to them.

"I wanted some revenge for the rest of the match."

Callahan got just that, leading the charge with her match-high 23 kills as Buhach Colony rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 20-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory.

Buhach (15-2) will travel to Fair Oaks Bella Vista (18-2) in the second round.

"We told them after the third game that we weren't letting them off the hook," BC coach Michelle Osmer said. "Defense and passing are what's made us successful this season.

"Fortunately, the girls responded."

As if the 25-13 loss in the third game never happened, Buhach took the court a much more focused team in the fourth game.

Setter Brittany Gasper (49 assists) finally began receiving some clean passes and Callahan re-emerged in the BC offense after just two kills in Game 3.

Buhach took the fourth game 25-17 and grabbed an early lead in Game 5.

Rio Americano (13-9) countered.

Behind its big offensive tandem of Vartanian (22 kills) and Jessica Adams (20 kills), RA took an 11-9 lead.

That's when an unlikely offensive hero emerged for BC. Aly Gleason -- known more for her defensive presence -- got a huge kill to halt RA's run and added a second to put BC up 13-11 .

Callahan finished things off from there.

With everyone in the gym knowing where the ball was being set, the big lefty unloaded back-to-back kills to close out the match.

"It's a pressure situation, but I try not to let that get to me," Callahan said. "I like being the one the team goes top in those situations."