Wrapped up in the emotions of senior night, it turned out to be a festive end for the Garces girls volleyball team on Thursday.
For the second time this week, the Rams defeated an opponent at home in five sets, this time it was a 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 11-25, 16-14 victory over visiting Centennial.
Before the match, Alex Penner, Ali Adkins, Andrea Gomez, along with Jana and Luisa Dulcich were honored before the match for their four years at Garces.
Then, those five helped lead the way for the victory for the Rams to improve the team’s record to 13-14 overall and 2-6 in Southwest Yosemite League action. Garces has won two consecutive five-set matches at home, including beating Bakersfield on Tuesday, after an 0-6 start to SWYL play.
“Going into the season, we thought we would be fortunate getting a win in league, much less two,” Garces coach John Price said. “We’ve really played well and we’ve really improved. We are playing the game better. As a result, we give ourselves a chance to win. We’ve won a couple five-game battles to put ourselves in that position.”
Junior Caroline Napier had six of her team-high 15 kills in the final set, including the last three points for the Rams, who trailed 14-12 before reeling off the final four points.
Jana Dulcich added 11 kills and Adkins had 32 assists for the Rams.
Five players recorded at least 10 digs, led by sophomore Aspen Chang with 18 and Adkins led the way with four aces.
“It just shows that we never give up,” Luisa Dulcich said.
Garces d. Centennial 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 11-25, 16-14
GMHS: Kills: Napier 15, J. Dulcich 11. Assists: Adkins 32. Digs: Chang 18, Adkins 17, J. Dulcich 15, L. Dulcich 15, Gomez 13. Aces: Adkins 4, Gomez 3. Blocks: D’Amato 3.
W-L: GMHS 13-14, 2-6 SWYL. JV: CHS 2, GMHS 0. F/S: CHS 2, GMHS 0