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Lady Bruins Upend Orestimba On Volleyball Court
In an intense match, Riverbank High's varsity volleyball team thrilled their home crowd with a 3-2 nailbiter over Orestimba on Monday, Sept. 27.

The Lady Bruins snared a win in game No. 1 with a 25-21 advantage, before falling 22-25 in the second game. The Bruins took the third with 25-23 score, only to watch Orestimba power back with an 11-25 victory.

In the fifth and final game, Riverbank landed a 16-14 decision in extra points to win the hotly contested match.

"Orestimba has very similar team dynamics, and the match could have gone either way," Bruin coach Lisa Mila said. "It was very exciting and the girls were very excited to come out on top.

"I am very proud of the way they never game up - we proved we are fighters."

Karly Martinez was a defensive stalwart in the contest with 27 digs from the back row. Katie Mitchell landed several impressive digs herself, and ended with a team-high seven aces, nine kills and five blocks as well. Amy McDonald served seven aces while Ashley Tristao and Megan Larson each handed out 12 assists.

Hilmar handed the Bruins (1-2 Trans-Valley League, 2-10 overall) a three game loss after hard-fought 19-25, 22-25, 16-25 match on Sept. 29.

Martinez and McDonald popped up 12 digs each while Larson delivered four aces, seven assists and a block. Mitchell sent home four kills.

"We played hard, but lost focus and had a hard time with serving," Mila said. "We missed a lot of serves, which really broke our momentum, and cost us some games. It was frustrating, because that's something we practice every day."

Tempest Robertson and Breanne Magana were recognized by the team for big efforts last week, while Bruin coaches voted Martinez the Bruin 'Beast of the Week.'

Riverbank is at TVL frontrunner, Ripon (3-0 TVL, 16-2 overall), today at 6:30 p.m.