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Golden Eagles fall in volleyball regional

Clovis West High didn't shake off the cobwebs until it was too late Saturday after a long drive to Santa Barbara for its Division I CIF Southern California Regional volleyball semifinal.

Top-seeded Dos Pueblos-Santa Barbara won the first set 25-12, but the No. 4 Golden Eagles made it more of a match in losing the last two, 25-19, 25-20.

"We're a ball-control team and couldn't get into our system," said Eagles coach Rhonda DeRuiter. "Once we found it, we gave them an aggressive match."

Clovis West, the Central Section champion, finished 31-11.

Melody Mandelbaum had 19 assists and Emily Jacobson six kills for Clovis West, which couldn't contend at the net with 6-foot-3 Stanford-bound Carly Wopat.

"They set her all night," DeRuiter said. "We did a good job digging and handling the other hitters, but had no answer for her."

-- Buchanan middle blocker Chloe Ferrari was named to the Under Armour All-American second team and Mandelbaum received honorable mention selection in voting by the the American Volleyball Coaches Association, it was announced this week

Division V semifinals

Four-time defending champion and No. 1 seed Tri-Valley Christian-Vista ended No. 4 Fresno Christian's first trip to the state tournament in quick fashion 25-10, 25-9, 25-24.

Jessika Searles had seven kills and Ashlyn White seven assists and seven digs for the Eagles (25-11), who won the West Sequoia League under first-year coach David Tatum.

The Eagles had to play with a bench of only three players against a Tri-Valley Christian team (23-14) stocked with talent.

"When you see some of the plays they made, you feel like you're watching college-level ball," said Eagles athletic director Cynthia Ward. "But for such a young team, going to state for the first time was a major accomplishment for us."

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