Five days after delivering their "A" game on the Central Section's biggest stage -- the Division I championship -- Clovis West will attempt to post an even better grade, if that's possible, in a CIF State Southern Regional at home at 5 tonight against Torrey Pines-San Diego.
"I'm very confident -- if we play like we did Thursday," Golden Eagles coach Rhonda DeRuiter said of a 3-1 conquest of Buchanan for their second straight D-I title.
Clovis West served, passed and hit marvelously in beating the top-seeded Bears 27-25, 27-25, 16-25, 25-16 after losing to them twice in the Tri-River Athletic Conference.
Those were the Eagles' only defeats to section competition in a 32-10 season.
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Their out-of-section losses include two 2-0 decisions to Archbishop Mitty-Jose, which is top-seeded in the Northern California D-II Regional, and a 3-1 defeat to La Costa Canyon-Carslbad, which is second-seeded in the SoCal D-I Regional.
Clovis West, a year after going in 1-1 in the SoCal Regional, is seeded fourth behind Dos Pueblos-Santa Barbara, La Costa Canyon and Newport Harbor. Torrey Pines (25-9) is No. 5.
"Torrey Pines has played an even tougher schedule than we have," DeRuiter said. "To give them an excellent match, we'll have to do what we did Thursday and keep our errors low. We didn't make a lot of unforced errors; we made Buchanan earn their points, and that's how you win games against very good teams."
It's been a particularly satisfying year for the Eagles in that they graduated Mikayla Pierce and Lauren Albertson, The Bee's co-Players of the Year, and have also lost the offense of senior Lyndsie Petersen, their kills leader a year ago.
She's playing, but without a swing, have just recently returned after shoulder surgery in July.
Clovis West defeated Buchanan behind Melody Mandelbaum, the section's premier setter, the passing of Ashley Ferguson, Rachel Duncan and Petersen, and the hitting of Emily Jacobson, Alyssa Monteverde, Lauren Meador and Shannon Leary.