Garces may be the undisputed heavyweight in the Southeast Yosemite League when it comes to league championships in all sports combined.
However, when it comes to volleyball, there might be a new sheriff in town.
Despite losing the opening set and facing elimination after three sets played, Tehachapi (26-3; 6-0 SEYL) never quit, coming back to win a nail-biting 14-25, 25-11, 25-27, 25-18, 15-9 victory over Garces.
With the win, Tehachapi (26-3; 6-0 SEYL) still remains in sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Destiny Julye was the standout in the Garces match with a season high 26 kills. Elayna Cramer and Kim Smith both added a combined 20 kills to aide in the pivotal win.
Brooklynn Cheney added four aces and three blocks and Kendall Kapitzke contributed with eight digs and two blocks in other strong performances.
Additional leaders included Samantha Wallace with 42 assists along with six digs, with Miranda Wert and Cramer both chipping in with five digs apiece and Kelsey Schoenberg with four digs.
The winning momentum continued through last Thursday with a three-set sweep over East (25-13, 25-10, 25-15), led by 15 kills, two aces and two digs by Cramer.
Julye also had nine kills, four aces and Smith had six kills and two blocks in the victory. Wallace with the leader in assists (24) and digs (four).
Kendall Kapitzke also contributed with three digs, followed by Cramer, Smith and Katie Neufeld with two digs each. Maddie Orellana also had six assists.
Mountain Volleyball will have a big SEYL title showdown with Highland this Tuesday in Bakersfield. The Scots are currently 5-1 in the SEYL standings, with their only league loss coming against Tehachapi earlier this month. Tehachapi will also have a Thursday home contest against North. Both matches will start at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Braves have maintained an undefeated record in the league standings with a pair of victories over Garces and East last week.
Tehachapi (14-6-2; 6-0 SEYL) defeated Garces (16-25, 25-20, 15-5) behind four kills from Taylor Fritz and three kills each from Presslee Gallegos, Kirstin Kabonic, Kirsten Medovitch and Cassidy Lambeth.
Kaeleigh Aitchison, Breelyn Heath and Amanda Lara all had three aces and Medovitch had a team high five blocks.
Lara was the leader in digs with seven on the night, followed by Jasmine Delgadillo with six digs. Gallegos led the team in assists with 13.
Against East, the Lady Braves won 25-12, 25-19 behind six kills from Lambeth, five kills from Madison Stone, and four kills from Fritz and Medovitch. Lara also had five aces, Medovitch had three blocks and Delgadillo and Gallegos led the team in digs and assists with four and 18, respectively.
The Jayvee squad's away match with Highland and home contest with North will start at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
The Lady Indians split the week with a win over Garces and a loss against East, but remain in the thick of the league title race with only four matches remaining.
Mountain Volleyball defeated Garces 25-20, 25-21 with four kills from Emily Soto and three kills from Brianna Revelle. Tessa Watts and Soto also both had two aces and Soto also had 10 digs.
Taylor Williams and Makenna Panek both had three assists, Lindsay Nava had three digs and Jasmine Medovitch, Revelle, Soto and Taylor Shumway each had a block.
Tehachapi (8-7-1; 5-1 SEYL) also had a close 25-15, 18-25, 15-12 loss to East last Thursday. Despite the defeat, a handful of Lady Indians turned in strong performances.
Watts had four kills, America Sanchez three kills, and Medovitch and Soto both had three aces in the three set loss. Soto also led the team in digs with six, followed by Nariel Hernandez with two digs.
The Frosh-Soph team will have an away match with Highland on Tuesday and a home match with North on Thursday, both starting at 4 p.m.