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Rosas leads Manteca’s three-game sweep of EU

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Manteca High defensive specialist Tara Dadasovich makes the serve-receive pass in front of teammate Abigail Rosas.


POSTED October 20, 2009 4:25 a.m.

Manteca High got its offensive spark from an unlikely source Monday at rival East Union’s Dalben Center.

Libero Abigail Rosas gave the Buffaloes a boost with a nice serving run to help them break away from a sluggish and back-and-forth start. As the match wore on, she became more effective with spikes from the back row.

Manteca went on to coast in three games (25-15, 25-11, 25-21) to avenge a heartbreaking come-from-behind loss to the Lancers on Sept. 23 and keep its slim Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff hopes alive.

Chellsee Lee’s kill that closed Manteca (5-6 Valley Oak League, 16-18 overall) in 12-11 sent Rosas to the service line in the first game. Rosas served in nine straight points, including all three of her aces.

She ended her run with a service error, but not before giving the Buffaloes some needed momentum that lasted well into a one-sided second game in which they took a 22-9 lead before shutting it down.

Rosas also pounded out six kills, all in the latter two games, while recording a team-high eight digs.

“She gets her points in spurts, and anytime you can do that it gets the team fired up,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said. “We were a little slow coming out of the blocks, but she got us going. She’s got good vision back there and is very consistent. She’s become a real nice weapon for us.”
Horning couldn’t sit comfortably in the third game.

The Lancers (5-7) climbed back from an early five-point deficit and threatened to clinch it late. Amber Abidi slapped down a kill to give East Union its last lead of the contest at 18-17, but back-to-back unforced errors put Manteca up again for good.

Rileigh Mankin, whom Horning attributes his team’s recent stretch of good play, closed the door on the Lancers with a match-ending kill.
In their last meeting at Manteca High, East Union fought back from a two-game deficit to win it in five.

“We knew we blew it the first time, so we felt like we had something to prove the second time around,” Horning said. “I got scared a little bit in that third game, because suddenly the girls stopped moving their feet and communicating. I couldn’t help but think, ‘Not again.’”

Serina Gonzales led Manteca at the net with seven kills. Setter Davina Bennett dished out 23 assists and added eight digs. Mariah Navarro contributed three aces.

Leading the Lancers were Morgan Hulsebosch with two kills and two aces, and Brittany LaMar with seven blocks.
It was a must-win for Manteca, which was ranked 23rd in the midseason release of the section’s Division III playoff power ratings. East Union was

22nd, and the top 16 teams advance.

“We’ll probably have to score an upset or two to get in, but the team is playing together now, which is what I want to see,” Horning said. “We’re all finally healthy, and having Rileigh back (from a season-long collarbone injury) is huge.”

Sierra 3, Ceres 0
In Ceres, Sierra (7-4, 12-5) didn’t allow it to be the five-game thriller it was the last time it met the Bulldogs, but it was still no easy sweep.

The Timberwolves found themselves down 0-12 to start, and Ceres continued to charge ahead to an 18-4 lead. Nicole Sylvester’s six straight

service points closed Sierra in, and Jaslynn Liotard recorded three aces to make it 17-18.

Sierra ended up squeaking it out 28-26 before getting the next two (27-25, 25-20) in similarly hot-contested fashion.

“We were just feeding them (points),” Sierra coach Tevani Liotard said of her team’s bad start. “But it was nice that we could come back.”

Jaslynn Liotard had a big night, finishing with 15 kills, eight blocks, 15 service points and four aces. Alysia Atkins contributed 14 kills and 12 digs to the cause, and Chelsea Bereta added seven and 11. Modesty Rodriguez recorded 31 assists to go with four digs. Sarah Konency chipped in 13 points, two aces and nine digs.

Sonora 3, Lathrop 0
In Lathrop, Hannah Blume and the league-leading Sonora Wildcats proved to be too much in a one-sided sweep (25-8, 25-2, 25-3). Krystal Ruiz paced Lathrop with three kills, and Cecelia Lopez had two.

Oakdale 3, Weston Ranch 0
At Weston Ranch, Sidney Carter (three kills, block) and Anais Castillo (three assists, two aces) led the way for the host Cougars (1-11, 1-16) in the three-game loss (7-25, 15-25, 14-25). Andrea Vega added 10 digs.

Jaci Powell (11 kills) and her sisters Juli (six aces, eight digs) and Domi (two blocks) led the Mustangs.


Trans Valley  League

Escalon 3, Ripon Christian 0
In Ripon, the Knights (6-5) hung tough with the TVL’s co-leaders in a 21-25, 22-25, 19-25 loss.

Kelsey Tillema fired 13 kills to lead Ripon Chrsitian, and Michelle Terpstra finished with 24 assists and three aces. Emily Lahey recorded five blocks.
Kaitlyn Brayton paced Escalon (10-1) with 14 kills, 30 digs and two aces.

“We played real well and could have won the first two games, we were just unable to put everything together when we needed to,” Ripon Christian coach Tiger Shelton said. “But we went out and played good ball.”

To contact Jonamar Jacinto, e-mail, or call (209) 249-3538.

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