The Selma High girls volleyball team made a valiant post-season run, but saw its bid for a title fall short Thursday night.
The Bears fell to host California City 3-0 in the Central Section Division V semifinals. The scores were 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.
California City proceeded to defeat Sierra Pacific in Saturday's championship match at College of the Sequoias.
Caitlyn Hansen led Selma with 11 kills and nine digs, Caylin Lopez had 16 assists, Genesis Rodriguez 13 digs and Clarissa Moreno six kills and 13 digs for the Bears.
"Cal City was a team of fighters," coach Montana Lowe said. "They have one girl potentially going D1, which gave them an advantage, but past her we were pretty evenly matched."
Selma finished the season with 14 wins, 17 losses.
"I am so proud of our girls and how far we made it this season," Lowe said. "We have a really tough league, considering Immanuel won D4 and Exeter winning D2. The girls never gave up regardless of the competition and I was not ready to say goodbye to this (group) of girls.
"We are only losing two starters, which means that we will be in good shape next year. Yes, losing Caylin and Caitlyn means there are some big shoes to fill, but I have confidence that we have players ready to step into those roles. I think we will be on our way to another great season next year."
The Bears made the semis by defeating Fresno Christian 3-0 on Nov. 7.
Selma came into the match seeded fifth in Division V and Fresno Christian No. 4. The Bears took a quick 10-point lead in the first set en route to a 25-22 win. It followed with a 28-26 victory in Set 2 and a 25-13 triumph in Set 3.
“We came into the game calm and in control,” Lowe said. “We had a few outlying issues — setter Caylin Lopez was sick; that could have caused us to lose focus, but we let all of that go and played our A game.