Sierra took visiting Central Valley of Ceres to five games Tuesday night before losing to the Hawks 25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11.
“We really chase after the balls that we needed to,” Timberwolves coach Michelle Springmeyer said. “What we really do well is to try and pursue every ball with a purpose. We did a really good job of that.”
The fifth game was tied three times early on and after falling behind 10-7, Sierra (0-3) came back within 11-10 before being outscored down the stretch 4-1 by Central Valley (1-2).
Part of the reason the Timberwolves were able to stay close in the last set was Kurtis Parrish and his four kills in the game.
“We finally got to a fifth game,” Parrish said. “We were trying to keep the team together and work toward a W.”
Diego Gracia (three kills, block) kept the Sierra from going down 2-0 when he had a massive kill to seal the 25-21 second-set win.
“We wanted that second one because they got the first one,” Gracia said. “Because we knew if we went down two games to none it would be really tough to come back.
“We had to get that last point so I saw it and I took it.”
The biggest margin of victory on the night was the 25-18 second-set win for the Timberwolves. Cyrus Hunter (five aces, four kills, two blocks) started a 7-0 run resulting in a 14-8 lead when he got a kill to start the run the took the serve and got three aces over the next four points.
“I was feeling pretty good,” Hunter said. “I was kind of on fire there for a bit. I just kept on serving it up and scoring.”
J.D. Khabra added three aces and three kills for Sierra and Abril Tesfandries added three kills and block