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How sweep it is: Hilmar wins in 3

HILMAR -- Kayla Giles just looked at her teammates in disbelief.

Colfax's biggest gun had just unloaded on a ball from the right wing, only to watch it redirected off Hilmar's Caitlin Benning and back onto her side.

It was a scene a frustrated Colfax squad had witnessed time and again on Thursday evening.

Led by Benning, Madison Harris and Jacqueline Jones, the Hilmar block got a hand on just about everything Colfax hit.

To further unnerve Colfax, Lindsey Mendes (18 digs) was there to rescue almost anything that snuck through.

With its defense dominating, Hilmar advanced to the Sac Joaquin Section Division IV girls volleyball semifinals with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 victory.

Hilmar (30-5) will travel to top-seeded Ripon on Tuesday.

"We were a little nervous because we basically came in blind against this team," said Benning, who finished with a match-high four blocks and 14 kills.

"Sometimes we're really on, though, and I think this was one of those nights."

While Colfax struggled with its offense, Harris (27 assists) ran Hilmar's to near perfection.

The senior setter kept Colfax off balance by constantly changing the point of attack and getting all her weapons involved.

Stesha Brazil complemented Benning with 10 kills and Natalie Grubb added six.

"We were on our 'A' game tonight," Harris said. "Lindsey (Mendes) is just the best passer I've ever played with.

"All the passes were right there tonight, making things easier for me."

Hilmar coach Mike Alvernaz was pleased with the wide range of contributors.

"We're never going to have just one player dominate," Alvernaz said.

"These girls play a great team game, and when they do, we're tough to beat."

25-22, 25-15, 25-21

At Hilmar

COLFAX -- Kills: Kayla Giles 12; Assists: Rachel Lindley 18; Blocks: Chanel Filteau 2; Aces: Cassandra Campball 1.

HILMAR -- Kills: Caitlin Benning 14, Assists: Madison Harris 27; Blocks: Benning 4; Digs: Lindsey Mendes 18; Aces Brittany Balswick 3.

Records: Colfax 12-7; Hilmar 30-5.