BERKELEY -- The Berkeley and Piedmont High girls volleyball teams were both trying on to keep a West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division title in their sights on Thursday, as the winner would keep pace with league frontrunner and defending champion Bishop O'Dowd.

It was the Yellowjackets that emerged as the team most likely to challenge for the league title after topping Piedmont 25-13, 26-24, 25-18.

Berkeley (6-4, 4-0 WACC) stays unbeaten in conference play and has won five straight matches. It will face the Dragons next week in a showdown of the league's two top teams.

"It was a big match for us, especially after they took a set off O'Dowd," Berkeley coach Jorge Penate said. "It was important for us to come out and make a statement."

The Yellowjackets rolled in the first set, building a 13-4 lead and cruising home, but they knew they'd be in for a battle the rest of the way.

The Highlanders (9-7, 2-2) led 23-21 in the second set, but behind freshman Roxie Wilbin, who had eight kills in the second game alone, Berkeley was able to rally and steal the second.

WACC-Foothill Berkeley d. Piedmont

Scores: 25-13, 26-24, 25-18. Highlights: P -- Roland 23 assists; Craigie 12 kills; Pehanick 6 kills. B -- Hubert 28 assists, 2 kills; Wilbin 14 kills; Myrie 8 kills, 3 blocks. Records: Piedmont 9-7, 2-2 WACC, Berkeley 6-4, 4-0.



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