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Cougars close preseason with win

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POSTED September 15, 2010 2:13 a.m.
The Weston Ranch Cougars bounced back after dropping the third game, beating Central Valley 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24 Tuesday in Stockton.

The Cougars (3-2) continued to improve throughout their preseason schedule behind stellar play from outside hitter Julia Olaya. Olaya turned in a game-high nine kills to pace the club, while De Arbia Gardner (four kills, five aces) and Sidney Carter (five kills, four blocks) made significant contributions in the win.

The victory is the third consecutive for the Cougars, giving the squad plenty of momentum heading into their Valley Oak League opener. Weston Ranch will get league underway with a visit from Kimball High. Kimball will be making its debut to the VOL in the season opener against Weston Ranch Thursday in Stockton.

Central Valley 3, Manteca 1

The Buffaloes found a way to respond after getting handled in the first two games, taking game three but losing the match 10-25, 10-25, 25-22, 26-28 Tuesday to Central Valley.

Abigail Rosas led the Buffaloes seven kills and a pair of digs, while Tara Dadasovich handed out nine assists.

“We looked ugly in the beginning of the first two games like we didn’t know what was going on,” Manteca head coach Tim Horning said. “There was no communication; no passing and we couldn’t get ourselves out of that funk.
“In the third we were able to get some of our confidence back and make it competitive, but too much was already done.”

Lacey Silva added two aces and two digs, while Dallas Mould chipped in with a block in the loss. Manteca will have to turn things around in a hurry, as they open the VOL season with a trip across town to meet up with the East Union Lancers.

Ripon Christian 3, Tokay 1
The Knights were able to take out a strong Tokay High program, cruising into their Southern League opener with a 25-12, 25-14, 17-25 and 25-11 win in Ripon.

Michelle Terpstra led Ripon Christian (10-4) with six aces and 18 assists, while Morgan Alger added 11 kills and three blocks at the net. Brittany Petlansky made her presence felt with 14 digs. Freshman Andie Shelton led the Knights with a game-high 20 assists in the win.

Ripon Christian will try and use the momentum of the victory to open SL play with a win, as they travel to Waterford for its league opener against the Wildcats.

Ripon 3, Lodi 1
The Indians opened with a lackluster start, but got things on track in a hurry with a convincing 19-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-21 victory over the host Lodi Flames Tuesday in non-league action.

Cheyann Deprue turned in another impressive performance, slamming home 25 kills and turning around five kills with blocks. Reigning Trans Valley League co-MVP Kelsey Johnston dished out a game-high 41 assists to go along with her nine kills. Paulina Ceja led the Indians with 19 digs.

Ripon (11-1) will be back on the court Thursday when they host the Turlock Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m.
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