Bakersfield Christian volleyball is looking to make history — again.
The No. 1-seeded Eagles are playing for their fifth straight Central Section championship Saturday. They take the court at 5:30 p.m. against No. 2-seed Exeter. The match will be played at College of the Sequoias in Visalia.
This is Bakersfield Christian’s first year vying for a Central Section Division II title. They won a Division IV championship four years ago and D-III titles the past three years.
“It never gets old,” said head coach Matt Touchstone on competing for the section crown. “It’s exciting each year the girls have the opportunity to do that. They can’t wait.”
Exeter could provide a good test for the Eagles. The two teams squared off earlier this season during the Clovis Tournament. Bakersfield Christian won 2-1, with all the sets coming in competitive fashion.
“It expect it to be a battle. Of course,” Touchstone said. “It was a very good match from earlier in the year, and a lot of points came on long, long rallies. I expect it to be a battle, and we’ll see who comes out on top.”
Last year, the Eagles had some major firepower on their frontline, headlined by Bella Bouma, Demi Owens and Gigi Wilkins.
This season, the team isn’t as imposing physically, but is a balanced, solid group that must be accounted for.
Touchstone said while the Eagles have had to adjust their style of play a bit this year, his message entering the 2017 section title match is no different than last season.
“We talk about how we, as a team, need to perform together,” the second-year head coach said. “How we play as one. The message to the team, in that respect, hasn’t changed at all."