In dramatic fashion, the Garces volleyball team earned the first Southwest Yosemite League win of the season at home on Tuesday.
Despite trailing 2-1, the Rams rallied back to beat Bakersfield High 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8.
Jana Dulcich led the way with 17 kills and Ali Adkins had a match-high 31 assists for Garces, which improves to 12-14 overall and 1-6 in SWYL play with three matches left in the regular season.
The Drillers (12-12, 1-6) made a late run in the crucial third set to take the 2-1 advantage in the match, but Garces, which also received three blocks from Mia D’Amato and Audrey Nail, rallied in the fourth set to send the match into the decisive fifth set.
Then play was stopped for about 10 minutes when BHS senior standout Ava Palm fell to the floor.
Luckily Palm was able to walk off the court on her own power, the crowd gave her a standing ovation before play resumed with the Rams leading 2-1.
Garces prevailed with a 15-8 fifth set, snapping a six-game league losing streak heading into senior night on Thursday against Centennial.
Luisa Dulcich led Garces with 19 digs and Aspen Chang added 14 with Alison Martin had five aces and Adkins added four on the serve.
In a show of true sportsmanship, the entire Garces team went over to Palm after the game to wish her well.