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Lady Bruins Nab First Conference Win
It took nearly a full month, but Riverbank High's varsity volleyball team broke into the Trans-Valley League win column on Oct. 11.

The Lady Bruins rebounded from a 25-22 loss in the opening game with three wins in the next four games to snare a 3-2 victory over the Warriors.

"We were ahead two games to one, but unforced errors got the better of us in game four and we couldn't close," Riverbank coach Lisa Mila said. "(It was a) tough battle by both teams and was a rally-filled match."

The Bruins stole the decision in game No. 2 with a 25-23 score. They won 25-21 in the third game, but allowed Orestimba to tie things up after a 14-25 swing in Orestimba's favor a game later. Six aces from Allie Heredia started things off for the Bruins in game five and Orestimba never caught up, allowing a 15-9 Riverbank win in the tiebreaker. Riverbank played well at the net, capitalizing on strong play from blocker Kendra Garcia, who missed most of the conference schedule with an injury.

"Kendra Garcia touched almost every ball coming over the net, and stuffed them four times," Mila said. "Also, sophomore Karina Cajero, played well on the net."

Amy McDonald had 26 digs against the Warriors and managed nine kills. Chloe Arnold also nabbed nine kills while Heredia came through with eight total aces and 25 assists from her setter position. Earlier in the week, the girls fell to league-leading Escalon in three, 10-25, 6-25, 12-25. Riverbank was at Hilmar on Tuesday, though results were not available at press time. The Lady Bruins have a bye on Thursday and host Ripon on Tuesday, Oct. 23.