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Buffaloes grind out victory against Sierra

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Buffaloes grind out  victory against Sierra

Manteca High’s Chelsea Burch rises above the net for a spike as Madison English (1) and Claudia Hunter (7) set up their block for Sierra.


POSTED October 24, 2013 12:03 a.m.

The Manteca volleyball team bounced back from a first-set loss Wednesday to win against Sierra 23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-14, but the host Timberwolves did not make it easy.

The first set saw 10 ties and five lead changes, the second 10 ties and four lead changes and there were 12 ties and six lead changes in the third. The Buffaloes (4-6 Valley Oak League, 6-8 overall) jumped out to a 17-1 lead in the fourth game, but Sierra battled back to close the game on a 13-8 run but it was too little too late.

“We kind of lost our drive at the start of the third game,” Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson said. “And although we lost two of them, all of the first three games were great games.”

In the pivotal fourth game, Manteca’s Alyssa Burch dominated the net with five of her nine kills and two of her five blocks, both team-leading totals.

“In the first two games we did not come out as strong as we should have,” Burch said. “But in the third game we came out strong, and once we get rolling we keep going and we are hard to stop.”

Service errors played a role in the end of the first two games with the first set ending on a Buffaloes service error and a net serve by Sierra put Manteca ahead 24-21 in the second set, setting up a game-winning block by Burch.

The last three points of the third game came at the net for the Buffaloes – a Burch kill made it 25-24, Morgan Miramontes made it 26-25 with a block and the game ended on a block by Mildred Perez.

Manteca coach Kevin Bolding thinks his team was slow to start due in part to a week off.

“We started with the effects from a week off and a tough game on Monday against Oakdale,” Bolding said. “But like I told the girls there are no excuses. Every team is good in our league and you have to be ready every night.”           

For the Buffaloes, Miramontes had 14 digs, Perez seven blocks, Beth Aschenbrenner 22 assists and nine digs, Aryanna Martinez 13 digs, Chelsea Bruch 12 digs and Jasmine Basuil seven digs.

Fabiola Lopez also had eight kills and 10 assists for Sierra. Claudia Hunter added 12 digs, six kills and three blocks and Kristen Maestretti eight kills.



Sierra 2, Manteca 1

The Timberwolves won the sophomore contest 19-25, 28-26, 15-13. Julianna DeAnda had 15 digs for Sierra, Cecilia Salcedo four aces and Brianna Padua three kills.



Manteca 2, Sierra 0

Manteca won the freshman match 25-11, 25-15. According to Johnson, Michelle Lopez had a strong game for the Timberwolves freshmen from the service line.

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