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Yellowjackets control net in quarterfinals

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

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

It was a scene the frustrated Colfax volleyball squad had witnessed time and again Thursday evening as Hilmar advanced to the Sac Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 victory.

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

To further unnerve the visiting squad, Lindsey Mendes (18 digs) was there to to dig almost anything that snuck through.

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 is 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."

MODESTO 3, DAVIS-YOLO 2, at Davis -- Peka Pesaleli had five blocks, five aces and 12 digs, leading the No. 5 Panthers (32-5) to a 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-8 Division I quarterfinal victory over the No. 4 Blue Devils.

Gianna Gallo had 32 assists and Michele Couchman 11 kills to lead Modesto. The Panthers play at No. 1 Nevada Union of Grass Valley in a Tuesday semifinal.

BELLA VISTA 3, BUHACH COLONY 2, at Fair Oaks -- Before Thunder coach Michelle Osmer knew it, she was out of timeouts and trailing 8-0 in the fifth and final game.

"It was a total meltdown," she said. "It wasn't one person. It was a combination of things."

No. 4 Bella Vista would preserve the lead, staving off a late rally by No. 5 Buhach (15-3) in a 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 21-25, 15-13 win in the second round of the Division II playoffs.

Megan Callahan and Rio Schwalbach provided the usual thunder for the Thunder, racking up a combined 32 kills. Callahan also had two aces.

RIPON 3, LE GRAND 0, at Ripon -- The Indians (41-4) received contributions from several players in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 Division IV quarterfinal victory over the Bulldogs (17-4). Ashley Robinson led Ripon with 11 kills.

The Indians play host to Hilmar in a Tuesday semifinal.

RIPON CHRISTIAN 3, STONE RIDGE CHRISTIAN 0, at Merced -- Andrea Terpstra led visiting Ripon Christian to a 3-0 win (25-6, 25-18, 25-7) over Stone Ridge Christian in the Division V quarterfinals.

Terpstra had seven kills and five aces, while RC (19-4) teammate Candice Adema had 20 assists and three blocks. Kailee Adams had 16 digs. Stone Ridge was led by Allison Goodin's 10 digs and seven kills.

BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN 3, FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN 0, at Modesto -- Tiffany Miller had 14 kills and served out all three games as the Lions (20-10) swept the Falcons in a Division V quarterfinal. They'll play host to Ripon Christian in a semifinal Tuesday night.

In the third game, Big Valley Christian was down 24-20 and Miller served out the match.

"We had really good composure tonight," Big Valley Christian coach Larry Hagstrom said. "We didn't get down and kept playing hard."

Bee sports staff contributed to this report.

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