STOCKTON - The Bear Creek High and West girls volleyball teams met Thursday night in both squads’ final tune-ups before beginning play in their respective leagues.

Evidently, communication - or lack thereof - was the focal point of the match.

The visiting Wolf Pack swept Bear Creek 3-0, winning by scores of 25-21, 25-21, 25-18. West senior captain Shkhinah Tindsley had nine kills, with Lauren Toon adding six kills.

For Bear Creek, Samaya Royal had five kills and the pair of Kendyl Amodo and Madden Yerena each had five assists.

As sweeps go, the Bruins did stay fairly close in the match. But every time Bear Creek put itself in a position to flip the score, West would rattle off a run to add to the deficit.

“We just need to get a little more fluid,” Bear Creek coach Kirk Klucznik said, “and stop letting other teams get on a run when we’re right with them. Just a little more communication, and I think we’ll click even more.”

The Wolf Pack, meanwhile, found a groove that had been missing in previous matches.

“I thought we had really good energy,” said West coach Christine Toon. “We’ve been up and down, trying to find our rhythm. It was nice to see them have fun.”

After holding off a Bruins surge in the second set, West turned a 9-9 stalemate in the third set into a 17-10 lead, with the sweep in sight. Bear Creek got as close as 18-14, but a 7-4 run by the Wolf Pack closed out the match.

The key in the win, and possibly as West moves into Tri-City Athletic League play, was talking, according to Tindsley. And lots of it.

“We were talking really well,” Tindsley said. “For the past few games, we’ve been struggling a little bit. We’ve had trouble passing and running the offense.

“But tonight, we really ran the offense well.”

UP NEXT: West (14-7) starts TCAL play at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s...Bear Creek (6-6) starts San Joaquin Athletic Association play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Chavez.